Chief Curator for the New Media Collection, Centre national d’art et de culture Georges-Pompidou, Paris
Travelling from Plato’s Republic and Jesuit spectacular aesthetics, Western myths of “visual music” have triggered a large part of the XXth Century modernity. Abstract art in various forms and theories, Sergei Einsenstein’s notion of “vertical montage”, but also kitsch and popular culture as exemplified in Walt Disney Studios animation films, all express fascination, if not conviction, for the idea of an underground connection between seeing and hearing. The modern sensorium is a holistic one, attempting somehow to overcome the Freudian split of the self and the fragmentation of the assembly line. Just as sound and gesture design, today, structure our daily experiences of ordinary objects, pretending to bridge the gap between body and technology. This talk will go through various examples and considerations with regard to the role played by the ear in the reinvention of the optical paradigm in the arts.
Marcella Lista is an Art Historian and, since 2016, Chief Curator at the National Museum of Modern Art – Centre Pompidou, Paris, for the New Media Collection. She has curated various exhibitions on the visual culture of sound : Sons et Lumières : une histoire du son dans l’art du XXe siècle (with Sophie Duplaix, Centre Pompidou, 2004), Pierre Boulez. Œuvre : Fragment (Musée du Louvre, Paris, 2008), Paul Klee : Polyphonies (Musée de la Musique, Paris, 2011), Esma / Listen (Beirut Art Center, 2016).