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Brought In Gobstopper: an Electrostatic Cut-Up

White, PR; (2017) Brought In Gobstopper: an Electrostatic Cut-Up. Presented at: Art and Sound: Craft(ing), De Montford University, Leicester, UK.

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I propose to talk about and exhibit my work Brought in Gobstopper (2017). The work comprises audio, in the form of stream-of-consciousness whispering, from which the title is taken, and text, which is acid-etched into stainless steel plates. These plates form the panels (or stators) of an electrostatic loudspeaker (ESL), from which the sound issues. There are a number of aspects to the work which interlink, including Renku poetry, an anechoic chamber, the thought and handwriting of the philosopher Thomas Metzinger, the voice of a sensorily deprived person, the ‘artificial artificial intelligence’ of Amazon’s Mechanical Turk micro-task service, and a Buddhist Om chant from Youtube. ESL design principles have fostered a pleasing mix of high-end consumer manifestations and a strong self-build scene that has existed for many decades. ESLs work using electrostatic rather than electromagnetic fields, and are capable of reproducing audio of unsurpassed clarity, low distortion, with a flat frequency and excellent transient response. They can be purchased for sums in the tens of thousands of pounds, or be made by the DIY enthusiast for next to nothing. I propose to look at how my instantiation of the ESL design has helped to create an artwork that is about presence, craft, labour, and the self, both in its content and means of production. I will exhibit the artwork itself and talk through how these combine and influence each other to push the work in different directions.

Type: Conference item (Presentation)
Title: Brought In Gobstopper: an Electrostatic Cut-Up
Event: Art and Sound: Craft(ing)
Location: De Montford University, Leicester, UK
Dates: 23 June 2017 - 24 June 2017
Publisher version: http://artandsoundsymposium.com/wp-content/uploads...
Keywords: Art, Sound
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > The Slade School of Fine Art
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1576119
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