Book Launch: Caleb Kelly 'Gallery Sound'

When: Thursday 19 October, 5.00pm - 6.30pm

Where: MAMA, 546 Dean Street, Albury

Price: FREE

MAMA invites you to join us for the launch of Gallery Sound, and enjoy a talk with author Caleb Kelly. Kelly is a leading voice in the field of sonic arts, and will speak about the role of sound in the contemporary art museum.

Sound is an integral part of contemporary art. Once understood to be a marginal practice, art exhibitions now regularly feature sound, from various sources, at different volumes.

However, works of art are far from the only thing one might hear: music performances, floor talks, exhibition openings and the noisy background sounds that emanate from the gallery cafe fill contemporary exhibition environments. Far from being hallowed spaces of quiet reflection, galleries have swiftly become very noisy places.

Gallery Sound argues for the importance of all sounds to be heard within the walls of art spaces, and in doing so listens not only to the deliberate inclusion of sound within the art gallery, but also its incidental sounds. Gallery Sound also turns its attention to the ways in which the acoustic characteristics specific to gallery spaces have been mined by artists for creative outputs, ushering in entirely new art forms.

Caleb Kelly has written a richly rewarding critical genealogy of sound in the art gallery. His book is at once authoritative and invigorating in its range and the buzzing excitement of its analyses. With Gallery Sound, he has secured his place as one of the leading commentators on the sonic arts. ~Steven Connor, Grace 2 Professor of English, University of Cambridge, UK.

Caleb Kelly is a senior lecturer at UNSW Art & Design in Sydney. In 2018, Kelly will return to MAMA as the curator of Material Sound, a new exhibition opening in February 2018.