Listening Awry

Jim Drobnick, exhibition catalogue

Hamilton: McMaster Museum of Art, 2007, 32 pp.
ISBN 978-1-894088-72-5

This exhibition explores artistic practices that reverberate at the intersection of aurality and culture. Contrary to the neo-modernist trend in contemporary audio art – in which soundworks foreground abstraction, perceptual effects, technological processes and self-referentiality – the works in Listening Awry affirm the embeddedness of sound and its connection to the social. Works by four internationally prominent artists engaging with sound – Kimsooja, Christian Marclay, Santiago Sierra and Su-Mei Tse – present video, installation, and performance documentation to highlight the diverse means by which sound can be utilized as a tool for social reflection and critique.