Book launch: Emergency Noises

Irene Noy’s monograph, Emergency Noises: Sound Art and Gender, will be launched on Tuesday 28 November 2017 at 6 pm at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. The event will include short contributions from Professor Simon Shaw-Miller (University of Bristol), Astrid Schmetterling (Goldsmiths), Frances Carey (The Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust) and the author.

All are warmly invited to attend the launch of this book. For more information, please click here. To register for the event, please click here.

Art history traditionally concentrates on the visual. Sound has either been ignored or has been appreciated in a highly selective manner within a different discipline: music. This book is about recent attempts by artists trained in (West) Germany to provoke listening experiences to awaken the senses. Their work is revolutionary in artistic terms and in what it reveals about human relations, especially concerning issues of gender.

‘A very eloquent and necessary intervention into the male-dominated canon of sound art.’ — Salomé Voegelin, University of the Arts London

‘Gerda Nettesheim’s stainless steel kitchen sink with piano pedals, transformed to a sound box … ! Noy’s feminist reading of German-based women sound artists is an interdisciplinary wake-up call and superbly well-written: a visually and aurally powerful book.’ — Sarah Wilson, Courtauld Institute of Art

‘A highly original, informative and enlightening study.’ — Rolf Gehlhaar, Professor Emeritus, Coventry University

‘Noy successfully uncovers an untested area in research that traverses art history, music, German history and feminist theory. This publication effectively situates sound and listening at the core of twentieth-century “visual culture”.’ — Professor Wulf Herzogenrath, Director of Visual Arts at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin

The book is available for purchase here.


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