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Sound and Documentary in Cardiff and Miller's 'Pandemonium'

dc.contributor.advisorShannon, Joshuaen_US
dc.contributor.authorWichmann, Cecilia T.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2015-06-27T05:32:07Z
dc.date.available2015-06-27T05:32:07Z
dc.date.issued2015en_US
dc.identifierhttps://doi.org/10.13016/M2FK8K
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/16701
dc.description.abstractFrom 2005 to 2007, Canadian artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller automated a live performance of simple robots striking furniture detritus and pipes in the cells of Eastern State Penitentiary, a Philadelphia prison that once specialized in isolation and silence. Oscillating between referential and abstract sounds, 'Pandemonium' suspended percipients between narrative and noise. So far scholars have investigated only the work's narrative aspects. This projects examines Cardiff and Miller's specific use of percussive sounds to position 'Pandemonium' in dialogue with noise music, sound art, and documentary-related practices in contemporary art. 'Pandemonium''s representational sounds coalesced into a curious kind of concrete documentary that triggered a sense of radical proximity between the percipient's body and the resonant environment of Eastern State Penitentiary. In doing so, it explored the potential for sensory relations and collectivity in a complex, contemporary world.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleSound and Documentary in Cardiff and Miller's 'Pandemonium'en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentArt History and Archaeologyen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledArt historyen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledcontemporary arten_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolleddocumentaryen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledinstallationen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrollednoiseen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledrealismen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledsounden_US


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