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This assignment asks you to consider how the cultural disruptions of the COVID-19 global pandemic and its subsequent lockdowns have influenced the way we HEAR visual cultural activities. Many public cultural activities we used to take for granted, such as going to the movies and the theater, watching sporting events in bars and pubs, and going to the events themselves, have been severely curtailed in the past year. This has had a direct, if not necessarily clear, impact on how we experience the sonic contexts of these activities. So here is the earlierintroductorydescriptionof the assignment…This short paper will critically examine, analyze and assess the acoustic context of a chosen cultural work. This could be a gallery exhibition of visual art, a popular (or not so popular) TV show, a night out at the cinema, or a public art installation. Pay particular attention to the spatial context of where your visual experience is taking place and consider how the sound of this space is influencing or inflecting your overall media experience. The idea is to have you pay attention to, and critically consider, the sonic conditions that are often rendered as secondary to the visual aspects of cultural experience. What are the dynamics of noise, silence, and music at play in the visual cultural experience you’ve chosen to examine? What sort of listening practices are encouraged? Since Western culture, and Western cultural activity is so heavily biased towards visual media and forms of engagement, the idea behind this assignment is to have you pay attention to the aspects of aural experience that are typically forgotten, ignored, or go unconsidered. This assignment takes the idea of “cultural work” in a rather narrow sense, and as such is not intended to cover “everyday” types of cultural experiences such as sitting in coffee shops, shopping malls, or public transit. Some key questions to keep in mind:*** Please note that I am leaving in some of the questions, and reworking others, I asked in a pre-COVID version of the assignment for comparison purposes. •What is the event you’re writing about? (clearly identify it)•Where and when did the event take place? Why might the space your experience is taking place sound the way it does? is there something about the specific time your event is happening that leads to its particular aurality?•Prior to COVID, how would you have experienced the event? What would the aural context have been like? (Earlier version: Describe and analyze the aural
context of the event/work/etc. is embedded in.)This means that you are not to focus on the sound that is actually part of the work (although this shouldn’t be completely ignored) or event you are exploring (e.g. a movie or TV show soundtrack, the music of the musical performance, etc.) but to pay more attention to the sounds that surround event (e.g. the sound of the audience, the sound of the space itself, etc.).•What would the event space normally have sounded like before, during and after the event? (earlier version:–What does the gallery/theater/cinema/public space sound like before, during, or after a visual art exhibition/play/movie/experience?)•Are there related cultural or artistic practices that your event/artwork/etc. that might relate to or somehow inform the nature of its aurality?•Are there historical practices, or shifts in historical practices, which might inform the aurality of this experience?•What are the social or cultural norms that help produce the ideas of silence, noise, or music that might be in play? How does the expected or intended experience of your chosen subject implicitly draw upon these norms? Does it challenge them in any way?•New question: How did COVID-19 affect your aural experience of this event? What might it have sounded like in earlier times? Using ResearchThis assignment asks you to do a critical reflection of a media experience. Hence while your own observations will form the core of your work, you must critically contextualize and support them with appropriate scholarly work. This is essential if you are to turn your own opinions of what you heard into a rigorous analysis of your experience. You should draw upon AT LEAST THREEscholarly sources for your assignment. These sources should be applied in a way that illustrates and adds depth to the observations you’re reporting on in your paper. This assignment asks you to base your reflection on a recent personal media experience, so you are expected to write about something you have actually done during this term. By writing about an experience you intentionally go out and have this term you will go into that experience actually listening for things. In other words, do NOT simply reflect back on an experience you may have had previously. Use this assignment as an opportunity to get out into the world and experience something. Of course, be safe, physically distant, and follow all COVID-19lockdown protocols. For more information on Press Review check on this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Press_review
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