Synaesthetic Resonances in the Intermedial Soundtrack of Imitating the Dog’s Tales from The Bar of Lost Souls

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Abstract

As with most hybrid performances the experience of spectating Imitating the Dog's Tales from the Bar of Lost Souls (2010) (reworked to become 6 Degrees Below the Horizon (2011)) is a multifaceted one, consisting of an encounter with intermedial bodies, spaces, and technologies. Focusing mainly on the role of the soundtrack, composed by Hope and Social and myself, I will explore the ways in which it elicits synaesthetic experiences turning this intermedial work into a 'playground' of practice-where modes of seeing, hearing and experiencing cultural constructs may be contested. I will define synaesthesia through the context of its Greek etymology, scientific research and artistic practice relating it specifically to intermedial performance. I will go on to address the case study analytically building upon Josephine Machon's re-worked definition of synaesthetic experiences, namely that of '(syn)aesthetics', arguing that the soundtrack elicits a (syn)aesthetic mode of spectatorial engagement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalBody, Space and Technology Journal
Volume16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2017

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