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Undergraduate Course: Voice in the Artwork (ARTX08085)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course explores voice as a material across a wide variety of art mediums, such as moving image, sculpture, performance and text-based works, including voice as a subject or topic in the work. Students will be introduced to voice theory and methods of working that reveal different approaches to thinking about voice and its role within artworks. Students will develop a personal project in response to forms of voice presented within the course, while learning the practicalities of voice recording, editing and presentation.
Course description The course will begin by introducing themes and concepts of voice presented through a series of talks and using examples from artists' works, which will explore voice and image, voice and text, voice and speech. We will also analyze alternative forms of voice considering how materials other than voice (and speech) can deliver, through their formal and material properties, other types of voice. This will include ways in which presentation and delivery might 'speak' to the audience. These topics will raise questions around topics of voice and power, voice and identity, which voices contribute to historical (and future) knowledge, and ways in which value(s) is assigned to voice.

The students will create their own voice related project / artwork in response to these considerations and enquiries, and experiment with ways of working such as layering voice(s), using pre-recorded material (for example, archive recordings), electronic speech or their own spoken voice, conducting interviews and producing sound recordings, making use of overheard conversations, or taking from personal diaries and journal entries that articulate unspoken voice(s).

The course will include a visit and induction to the School of Scottish Studies Sound Archive, as well as a practical workshop on voice recording, data transfer, editing software and effects, and exporting media.

The students' personal projects will be developed over the semester to produce a work that will be delivered / performed / installed / screened at the completion of the course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is open to any student with enrolments managed on a first come first served basis until the course is full (quota is 25). To allow students to attend the academic fair and consider their options note that this course will remain closed until Wednesday 12th September. If you wish to enrol please sign up for the course after this time. Do this via your your own School (they will advise if this is done your Personal Tutor, SSO or Teaching Office). Please note that we do not keep a waiting list.

Additional Costs Students are expected to pay for Art Materials and Equipment. Specific materials and equipment costs will vary depending on students individual choice of method of production.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of concepts of voice in research, and interpretations of voice within artworks.
  2. Demonstrate practical skills in recording, transferring, editing, and exporting sound files.
  3. Articulate reflective and analytical development of their working methods in response to complex ideas centred on particular aspects of course content.
  4. Demonstrate understanding through personal research, materials and reflection on the discussion of aspects of the voice in current practice.
Reading List
READING LIST: (these short introductory texts will be provided as PDFs)

'With Hidden Noise: Sculpture, Video, and Ventriloquism', catalogue essay by Jon Wood, from an exhibition with the same title at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, 2004.

'An Interview with Anne Charlotte Robertson' by film critic and writer Scott MacDonald. Available in: Anne Charlotte Robertson, catalogue essay from the Anxiety Arts Festival London, 2014.

'Notes On Sound' by filmmaker Robert Bresson, 1985. Available in Film Sound: Theory and Practice (p149), Columbia University Press, edited by E. Weis & J. Belton.

VIEWING LIST - Works from:

John Akomfrah; Imogen Stidworthy; Benedict Drew; Mikhail Karikis; Charlotte Prodger; Laure Prouvost; Cally Spooner; Elmgreen & Dragset; Wendelien van Oldenborg; Anne Charlotte Robertson.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Develop analytical and reflective skills.
Broaden research skills and increase confidence in accessing personal and institutional resources: equipment, archives, collection materials, and students' own personal and family histories and materials.
Develop planning, technical and organizational skills for self motivated projects.
KeywordsVoice,Artists' Moving Image,Performance,Embodiment,Immateriality,Documentation,Interviews,Archives
Course organiserDr Sophia Lycouris
Tel: 0131 221 6291
Course secretaryMiss Clara Fraser
Tel: (0131 6)51 4164
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