The Visual Music blog gathers snap shot of websites that document work, artists, filmmakers, composers, musicians, video artists, exhibitions, call for worlds and events that work with the art and medium of visual and sound. All forms and presentations are considered. This blog contains an extensive archive as it has been active since 2005.

Simon Shaw Miller - Talk on Timbre in Art and Music

Simon Shaw Miller - UK

Simon Shaw Miller - Timbre in Art and Music - Talk 16 September 2006 Tate St Ives UK

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Visible Deeds of Music: Art and Music from Wagner to Cage

By Simon Shaw-Miller




"A study of the relationship between music and the visual arts in the late-19th and 20th centuries, focusing on the modernist period. Reassessing the work of composers and artists such as Richard Wagner, Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Josef Matthias Hauer and John Cage, Simon Shaw-Miller argues that despite modernism's advocacy of media purity and separation, the boundaries between art and music were permeable at this time, as they have been throughout history. Shaw-Miller begins by discussing the place of Wagner's music and ideas at the time of the birth of modernism, presenting Wagner's aesthetic of the "Gesamtkunstwerk" as an alternative paradigm for modernist art. He goes on to analyze Picasso's use of musical subjects in his cubist works and Klee's adoption of music and the issue of temporality in his paintings and drawings. He concludes with the radical aesthetic of Cage, the silencing of sound, and the promotion of intermediality in the work of Fluxus artists. Through these examples, Shaw-Miller raises questions about both art and music history that should be of interest to students of both disciplines."
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