- What are the main points that interested me in this seminar (200 words)
My main learning from this seminar was that I should feel free to do anything, my limits as an artist are the limits that I put on myself. I found myself really inspired to start working with sound art and language in my future pieces of artwork.
Hugo Ball’s poem, Karawane and Kurt Schwitters sonatas really peaked my interest because of their use of language as a form of music (almost like an instrument). The lack of language and use of spoken non-words blew my mind. It opens up so many possibilities for expression and for future pieces of art.
In addition, the use of installation, mixed with performance art in Maya Deren’s “Witches cradle” was interesting too. As it’s got so much artistic depth and richness of expression, it astounds me.
Furthermore, the philosophy behind John Cage’s 4’33 has always been of interest to me ever since I was young and first heard about it from my parents. The idea as using the audience as the sound art is revolutionary. Both on a music arts level and on a personal development level too. The concept of there being no such thing as silence is intriguing.
- Which area of the presentation was the most interesting and why (200 words)
As someone who is fluent in Swedish and English, as well as dyslexic, language and the use of language to effect people has always fascinated me. I have always wanted to play with language, mixing Swedish and English to provide disorientation and confusion, yet a level of understanding. So when I was introduced to Hugo Ball’s poem, Karawane, my mind was opened to a new way to approach, present and perform language. I found the use of language (or lack of) in this piece, was truly eye opening, as it has introduced me to a whole new art form that I can’t wait to explore. The lack of language in this piece allows the viewer to come up with their own interpretation of this poem. In addition, the use of typography in this piece to represent the different tones, pitches and ways of expressing different lines in this poem, is very effective on the viewer. This technique allows the viewer to interpret how the typography coincides with this poem’s performance. As someone who already has worked with typography and poetry, this will be a fabulous way for me to explore a brand new art form.
- A question and how i might investigate it further (200 words)
John Cage’s “Water Walk 1960” raised a lot of questions for me.
Why perform if you know you are going to get ridiculed for it?
In the same breath, I find myself answering this question, as I feel that he knew that this artwork would be appreciated by someone out there, either in the moment or in 10, 20, 50 years time. He is clearly proud of his art, and didn’t seem to mind the public humiliation if it meant that his artwork was able to reach a larger audience. It reminded me of a freak show, with an artist being ridiculed for his work by people who can comprehend it. Yet he accepts the comedy of the situation, and knows that there will be some people who get it and others who won’t, and will just laugh. However, this situation is awe inspiring, as you get to see how he constructs his sound pieces, yet you also get to see this weird reaction from the audience as they laugh at something because it’s confusing, precise, measured and beyond their comprehension. This is something that I would love to explore.