Sound in Context from Vimeo
‘Visual art is something you can collect. [But] how can you make sound pay? Mostly, you can’t. So it has to develop an other kind of economy. The economy of music in general is in a free fall at the moment. It’s disintegrated’.
‘If there is a huge amount more of research to be done on the audio culture, then there are plenty more ideas for artists to work with in sound’.
This film by Jonathan Web and Ashley Wong was blogged before by Displaced Sounds. It’s a 30mn documentary film from interviews with sound artists, journalists and curators, including: Seth Cluett (artist), Benedict Drew (artist/curator, Unter Radio host), Barry Esson (director, Arika), Anne Hilde Neset (deputy editor, The Wire), Hans Ulrich Obrist (co-director, Serpentine Gallery), Mike Stubbs (director, FACT), David Toop (writer/curator), Richard Whitelaw (programme director, Sonic Arts Network). While David Toop looks extremely tired in his interview (even more than in the Sub Rosa DVD from last year), his comments are insightful and thought-provoking (see above). Other interviewees come up with interesting point of views, like Richard Whitelaw (Sonic Arts Network) on financing sound art: ‘No one commissioned the Futurists’, or Arika festival director Barry Esson on sociology: ‘The noise fans are so conservative’.
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