Experiments Audiovisuality

Artists Nao Masuda percussion, Lisa Harker – Painter & Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq – Visual Artist all collaborate with flautist Ruth Montgomery at Arlington Arts Centre and involve pupils from Mary Hare School for the Deaf, where Ruth studied as a child. The first steps of an innovative sound and image project, conceived by Ruth Montgomery and funded by Arts Council England.

“It does sound absolutely fascinating”, Lucy Galliard Director of Learning and Engagement, CBSO

Audiovisability will be a performance lecture with installation of framed images in foyer of venue on evening of event for deaf and hearing audiences, available in for touring in 2017. Audiovisability is a ‘visual music’ art form in response to my interest as a classically trained musician born with profound hearing loss in both ears. To the hearing person, sounds will first and quickly capture their understanding of music, whereas visual information and the physicality of music playing guided my development for the listening senses. It is this experience that I will transfer to the performance space. I will realise my creative thinking by stimulating deaf artists to work in new contexts and invite them to take part in new collaborations. I will make the work at Arlington Arts Centre, that is part of Mary Hare School for The Deaf and at the Guildhall School of Music, London. The work will be previewed at these venues, and then at the Week of Sound Festival, London. Think of Audiovisability as a critique (without hearing) of sensation, thought, and experience. It’s a series of experiments about sight and hearing using music as a metaphor for social and cultural thought. Composer John Cage said, vision and hearing are the “public senses” they are the sense most intensely engaged by the mass media. Arguably this is why Deaf people are continually denied cultural access or is it possible? (as Cages suggests) to invoke a conceptualisation of sensation apart from conceptualisation of linguistic (sound equals meaning) sense? freeing deaf people to access all the surrounding sensations and feelings that music invokes through the creation of a multi-sensorial installation performance.

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