This paper explores the thought of key Kyoto School philosophers Nishida Kitar_ō, Tanabe Hajime, and Nishitani Keiji as a novel framework through which to consider the historical development and philosophical underpinnings of sound art. Connections and divergences between these thinkers and key developments in the history of sound art are analyzed and explored. After an introduction to Kyoto School thought, the intersections between the Kyoto School and relevant 20th-century art movements are examined. The paper then spotlights four important themes developed in Kyoto School thought and analyzes key sound art pieces in relation to these themes. The article closes with a brief concluding reflection.
The Kyoto School and Sound Art: A Nothingness of the Absolute
Stephen Roddy is an Irish artist and researcher working in computing and the creative arts. He holds a PhD in data sonification, the use of sound to perceptualize data and convey information, from Trinity College Dublin. His current research/practice is focused on the development of cybernetic frameworks for the application of sonification, artificial intelligence/machine learning, and human–computer interaction techniques in the creative arts.
Stephen Roddy; The Kyoto School and Sound Art: A Nothingness of the Absolute. Resonance 1 March 2023; 4 (1): 69–87. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/res.2023.4.1.69
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