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Sound + Vision: Pedagogy for Audio-Visual Media

Since the emergence of talking pictures in the late 1920s, the formal unity of sonic and visual media has become conventionalized and is often overlooked. And yet, the ways in which images and sounds complement, corroborate, or contest one another in audiovisual media remains an important topic for consideration at the level of both aesthetics and politics. This course probes these questions, investigating the ways in which both looking and listening closely to media objects might engender new forms of subjectivity and relation to the world. Touching on the work of an array of artists such as Julie Dash, the Black Audio Film Collective, Pauline Oliveros, Beyoncé, Dario Argento, and Robert Bresson, and theorists Theodor Adorno, Frantz Fanon, Michel Chion, and Mara Mills, this course examines interrelations of sound and image through a range of media topics, themes, and contexts including the voice, musical scoring, music videos, sampling/remix aesthetics, foley art, the development of early film sound, and disability alongside practical workshops for basic sound recording and mixing.

Seminar Schedule. Seminars run Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a midday communal lunch. Seminar conveners may adjust the class schedule in response to participant needs. Special events may also be held during the week. Participants are required to attend the full week of seminar meetings and maintain 90% attendance overall.

Seminar Materials. Eligible participants are provided with all required seminar materials (books, articles, laboratory equipment, and entrance fees).

Accommodations & Meals. Limited housing accommodations are provided to participants who live more than 50 miles from the program site. All admitted participants are provided with some meals during the program period.

Application Procedure. Applicants should submit the completed application along with all of the following:

  • A statement of intent that indicates how the seminar participant will apply what is learned at the home institution
  • A current CV
  • A letter of support from either the division dean or department head, who is well-acquainted with the applicant’s area of research
  • Their institutional liaison officer’s approval