New York, NY (August 31, 2017)—While one may imagine an art gallery to be a place of hushed reverence where artwork is examined, in truth, such spaces are increasingly filled with sound these days, not only by audio-related works but also a growing array of environmental, ambient sound. Gallery Sound, a new book by academic Caleb Kelly, explores those changes, looking at how some artists and facilities have incorporated them and what the changes may indicate about our consumption of art.
Publisher Bloomsbury notes, “Far from being hallowed spaces of quiet reflection…galleries have swiftly become very noisy places. As such, a straightforward consideration of artworks alone can then no longer account for our experiences of art galleries and museums. To date there has been minimal scholarship directed towards the intricacies of our experiences of sound that occur within the bounds of this purportedly ‘visual’ art space.
“Kelly addresses this gap in knowledge through the examination of historical and contemporary sound in gallery environments, broadening our understanding of artists who work with sound, the institutions that exhibit these works, and the audiences that visit them.
“Gallery Sound argues for the importance of all of the sounds to be heard within the walls of art spaces, and in doing so listens not only to the deliberate inclusion of sound within the art gallery in the form of artworks, performances, and music, but also to its incidental sounds, such as their ambient sounds and the noise generated by audiences. More than this, however, Gallery Sound turns its attention to the ways in which the acoustic characteristics specific to gallery spaces have been mined by artists for creative outputs, ushering in entirely new art forms.”
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