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Seeing and Hearing at the Cutting Edge: The Time of Experience

Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 9:00am to 10:30am

How do artistic practices impact perception, society, the environment, and our experience of time? A panel of visionary scholars and practitioners from Music and Architecture, Art and Planning explore these artistic intersections.

Alice Statler Auditorium, Statler

“Writing about music is like dancing about architecture”—it is a widely circulated aphorism meant to convey the impossibility of capturing the essence of one expressive vocabulary with another. Yet scholars and practitioners alike might see possibility rather than impossibility in the aphorism:  how, indeed, is writing about music like dancing about architecture?  What can such comparisons—of writing and dancing, music and architecture, and other combinations--bring to light? The impulse to find fruitful events of intersection, translation, collaborations, and even collision lies at the heart of humanistic endeavors.

Music, art, and architecture share the dimensions of space and time, though it could be argued that the space of experiencing these arts undergoes revolutionary alterations with every new generation of recording, designing, and fabricating technologies. The time of experience, however, remains a common denominator to audio and visual phenomena and artistic creations. This mutual engagement with time can be further refined to concepts that reflect topics current among scholars and practitioners alike:  contingency, emergence, sustainability, cycles, improvisation, and reproduction. The four faculty members featured on this panel offer their views on these temporal topics within music, art, and architecture as reflected in their research and creative projects.

Steven Pond (Associate Professor & Department Chair, Musicology, Cornell University) 

Judith Peraino (Professor, Musicology, Cornell University)
Benjamin Piekut (Assistant Professor, Musicology, Cornell University)
Jenny Sabin (Arthur L. and Isabel B. Wiesenberger Assistant Professor, Architecture, Cornell University)
John Zissovici BAR '72, MAR '86 (Associate Professor, Architecture, Cornell University)

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