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Paul Mellon Centre: “Speaking of Art: Art, Histories and the Podcast”

March 17, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Speaking of Art: Art, Histories and the Podcast
Podcasting is an increasingly popular form of communication in the arts, culture and heritage sectors. Research is finding new ears, collections are reaching new audiences and art objects are entering into new relationships with words as they are described verbally for listeners. Art and art history has a new soundscape. This panel will bring together speakers interested in the possibilities of the relationship of art, art history, voice and sound. It will explore how this form of audio communication is prompting different, and often surprising, ways of describing objects and artistic practices, encouraging an intimacy that is often absent from academic research, and creating new points of encounter. The discussion will roam across topics, covering ideas such as the visual ear, the art object in sound, listening and looking, virtual travel and the oral/aural textures of description.
This event has been organized by Anna Reid (Senior Research Fellow, PMC) and Sarah Victoria Turner (Deputy Director for Research, PMC). They will reflect on their recent experiences of podcasting at the Paul Mellon Centre and their involvement in developing the British Art Talks and Sculpting Lives series. Joining Anna and Sarah is a panel of speakers; some will discuss their own podcasting projects and others will reflect more broadly on the relationship of art, sound and voice.
Jo Baring, Director of the Ingram Collection and co-host of Sculpting Lives
Cathy Courtney, Project Director of National Life Stories: Artists’ Lives, British Library
James Mansell, Associate Professor of Cultural Studies, University of Nottingham and Principal Investigator of the AHRC funded project Sonic Futures: Collecting, Curating and Engaging with Sound at the National Science and Media Museum.
Zakia Sewell, Audio Producer, Radio Host and DJ.
Inigo Wilkins, writer and lecturer (CalArts, New School for Research and Practice)