Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Second Day Noodle: Art Therapy, Technology. Sound

In last week's Second Day Noodle post I mentioned some thoughts that I was brining into a weekend class on art therapy and technology. For that class we each researched and did a short presentnation on the use of a chosen app or program with clients. Influenced by a Denver Westword blog post I recently read, I decided to look into using an audio program instead of a visual program.

Here's what I made (with the help of Holly Berg and Brittany Bunton) using Audacity.

The blog post I read that influenced my desire to look into sound was an interview with Christina Battle and Adán De La Garza in which they discussed their thoughts about and their use of sound in visual art.

Sound has a quasi-imperialistic property, says Adán de la Garza, co-curator of Loud!!!, a video-art show about sound. In a movie screening, if you dislike what you see, you can close your eyes, but you cannot close your ears, he points out. “The person who is emitting the sound is in control of the space that they’re in, whether it’s speaking or utilizing an amplification system.” (Harris, 2014) 
Here's an example of sound being the dominant force in a piece. The visuals support and give refernce back to the sound, but the sound is the leading character. The sound controls the space with its jolting loudness and its complete silence.

Nothing To See Here
LOUD!!!, 59sec

This sound art performance video by Adán is also an example of a great way to use sound effectively in visual art. Here, the interplay between the visual and the auditory creates a balanced relationship. The visuals would tell a completley different story without the sound and the story told with just the sound would not be nearly as complete.

Adán de la Garza
A Sound Art Performance 4.24min

I believe that using sound editing, composition and modification could be beneficial to clients who do not feel they have a voice, or that they are heard. It could also be benefical for clients who feel they have no conrtol of their space and are surrounded by harmful sounds. Using an audio program would be an opportunity for them to see that they have the power to alter what is auditorily expressed and to create new sounds for others to hear.


Harris, K. (2014, April 04). Christina Battle and Adán de la Garza on video art and the quasi-imperialistic nature of sound [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://blogs.westword.com/showandtell/2014/04/christina_battle_and_adan_de_l.php

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