A survey of contemporary sound sculpture




Estes, James A.

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Sound sculpture and other closely related artforms have become increasingly prevalent within the last few decades. By means of a questionnaire, this study surveyed artists who use sound as an essential aspect of their work. The questionnaire was designed to establish some of the basic parameters and attributes of the current activity in the field, including type of work, artist and exhibition histories, economic support and audience profiles. In this way, the findings address the fundamental questions of who, what, when, where and how, both for individual artists and the group as a whole. The results of the study suggest the need of continued research founded on an interdisciplinary perspective in order to fully address the broader topics and scope of this genre. Such research studies would be composed of three principal and interrelated forms: detailed documentation, organized exhibitions and historical and critical reviews.



Interdisciplinary studies, Music education, Audio-kinetic sculpture