Hunter College - TV STUDIO - 436HN
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Visiting Artist, Kevin T. Allen:
STONE TAPE THEORIES: HEARING, HAUNTING, AND THE MEMORY OF MATERIALS
From 3pm -5pm – Free and open to the public
A stone tape is a material object that has “recorded” the energy of a past event. Widely popularized by British author Nigel Kneale in his 1972 teleplay The Stone Tape, beliefs in the recording ability of objects and environments span the practices of heritage preservation, paranormal investigation, sound and media theory, and spiritual pilgrimage. But if materials do, in fact, record the past, how do contemporary encounters act as instances of playback? Through a focus on sound, hearing, and listening, we will take up this question as an opportunity to interrogate what a sound recording is and what it does. How do we listen to and through material objects? In this talk filmmaker/sound-artist Kevin T. Allen discusses how stone tape theory has influenced and structured his film work and sound design projects.