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Cambridge Department of History of Art Research Seminar Series
4a Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1QA Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Wednesday 14 February
Emergency Noises: Sound Art and Gender
Dr Irene Noy – Independent scholar
As much as music is not only sounds, sound is not only an element of music. Art history could not remain exclusively visual when sound recording changed not only our listening habits but also meant an increasing uncertainty of the sense of sight. Now unlimited possibilities of mismatches between what was heard and what was seen had significant implications for the understanding of hearing and its relationship to vision. At the same time, ancient traditions regarding the hierarchy of senses and their gendered associations remained prevalent in the twentieth century. Visual representation of women has been known to be problematic but what of their aural representation?