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This MA programme addresses the ways that our understandings of visual culture are radically reconfigured through different kinds of attention to aurality, musicality, audition, telephony, phonography, noise and the voice. This MA focuses on areas where the meaning of the intersection of aural and visual domains is of paramount importance. It considers a diverse range of modern and contemporary fine art practice including video, performance and installation art as well as an array of sonic arts and experiments. This intersection has provided a rich seam of new critical possibilities, the identification of new cultural objects and formations and new margins of aural-visual interest. It has generated new types of artistic and other cultural practices too. As a result of this recent theoretical and practical work, the programme is also able to offer a set of new approaches to cinema, to the idea of voice and to whatever it is that constitutes a musical performance. The programme is also particularly interested in conjunctions of sound and architecture, the acoustic constellation of social space and the multitude of different daily exercised habits of listening. Whilst grounded in the intellectual context of Visual Culture, the programme draws on recent work from anthropology, architecture, urban studies, film and film studies, cultural studies, music and elsewhere. What you study The MA in Aural and Visual Cultures follows the same structure as the MA in Contemporary Art Theory. Therefore the programme comprises a non-assessed introductory course, The Common Core Course ReadingsProcesses, and four assessed components: the Special Subject: Auditions, the MA Laboratory, The MA Symposium and the MA Dissertation. You also attend the weekly Guest LectureFilm Screening Programme and two or more one-day workshops, one of which is a ?writing workshop?. You have the option of taking a second Special Subject should you wish to do so, and in agreement with the Course Tutor. With the exception of the Special Subject: Auditions, components of this degree are also attended by students on the MA in Contemporary Art Theory, allowing you to benefit from interaction with this group. Special Subject: Auditions (Weeks 6-20: 15 x 2 hour lectureseminar sessions): Auditions broaches the relationships between the aural and the ?visual? and ?spatial? dimensions in the fine arts, architecture, film and other areas of cultural production during the period since 1945. This complex of interests confounds media specific discourses, and so, the course sets out to identify available formulations of aural-visual and aural-spatial objects and their context, to look for the usefulness and insufficiencies of such formulations, and proceeds directly to the perceptive invention of new objects of study, and the establishment of such objects within frameworks of political and cultural conflict, aesthetic intrigues, and historical, technological and social changes. In this sense the course is always allegorical in its attentions, and then you will be expected to not only make assessments of the objects and theories offered on the course, but to augment this with the objects and theories presented by others, and by yourselves. Specific discographies and filmographies will be supplied where appropriate during the course. Assessment by: one 8,000-word essay (submission late April).
This MA programme addresses the ways that our understandings of visual culture are radically reconfigured through different kinds of attention to aurality, musicality, audition, telephony, phonography, noise and the voice. This MA focuses on areas where the meaning of the intersection of aural and visual domains is of paramount importance. It considers a diverse range of modern and contemporary fine art practice including video, performance and installation art as well as an array of sonic...