For this 5th compilation, PLASTIC PEOPLE, we have chosen to illustrate how visual/conceptual artists use sound as a component of a mixed media work or a texture directly worked on with conceptual tools. Depending on the position of the listener, this snapshot can be interpreted as a cliché.
Artists can occasionally show contempt towards the reactionary concerns of ‘experimental’ or electroacoustic music. In the meantime, listening with a composer’s ear will reveal the banality or ‘déjà entendu’ nature of sound used by a fine artist. Hedonistic pleasure of hearing or Kantian reward of understanding?
Perhaps the key lies in considering the background and the intent of each
current in the light of its own history, the ruptures proposed by its avant-gardes, the disjunctions and paradigms of art and music faced with an accelerated hybridisation.