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Exploring visual art auditively. Art, language, and sounds in museums and culture


The symposium brings together researchers, cultural workers, and artists to address topics around the auditive exploration of art, the use of sound, etc. in the context of visual primacy. It will include presentations of existing, ongoing and planned projects, and shall particularly give room to the discussion of related challenges and possibilities. Examined will be, for instance, art formats that make use of sound, music and the auditive, auditive art mediation forms such as guided tours and audio guides, and the use of the auditive to stimulate aesthetic experiences in regard to inclusion.

The symposium will be held on Zoom.
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Deadline for registration: Monday, May 17.
All presentations will be held in English.

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Thursday, May 20
10.15: Greeting/ Intro by Janneke Schoene, Lund University, and Christian Skovbjerg Jensen, Inter Arts Center
10.30-11.00: Jeanette Rangner Jacobsson, Nationalmuseum, Stockholm: "Access to visual art through tactility and audio description. Nationalmuseum 1994-2019"
11.00-11.30: Francis Patrick Brady, Artist, writer and lecturer, Malmö: "A Golden Bastard using the AFR Machine in Deathworld: An overview of Francis Patrick Brady’s Audioguide elements of his visual art practice”
11.30-12.00: Jana Holsanova, Lund University: "Audio description of art: The role of mental imagery and embodied cognition"
12.00-13.00: Lunch break
13.00-13.30:  Sanne Krogh Groth, Sound Environment Center, Lund University: "Making Sound in Silent Scandinavia"
13.30-14.00: Cecilia Bengtsson, Amsterdam-based artist and art-tutor at The Royal Academy of Art, The Hague: "Bridging qualities of the auditive: An exploration in socio-physical possibilities of sound through art "
14.00-14:45: Final discussion

Friday, May 21
11.15: Greeting by Janneke Schoene
11.30-12.00: Malin Hillberg & Anita Wernström-Pitcher, Moderna Museet Stockholm: "Moderna Museet — Guided tours for visual impaired"
12.00-12.30: Heidrun Führer, Lund University: "Collecting paintings, sounds and silences. A plea for re-contextualizing ekphrasis as an 'outdated' intermedial concept"
12.30-13.30: Lunch break
13.30-14.00: Janneke Schoene, Lund University: "Transmediating meaning? Artistic audio guides and aesthetic experience"
14.00-15.00: Elizabeth Sweeney, Visual artist, Nova Scotia, Canada: "Premise Shift: Creating and presenting art that centres a disabled public"
15.00-15.45: Final discussion

Please note that the schedule includes approx. time specifications; slight changes may occur.