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Absolute Nothingness: The Roots of Contemporary Sound Art Aesthetics

Project Overview

This ongoing project is investigating the roots of contemporary sound art aesthetics. It is currently exploring how the thinking of Kyoto School philosophers, Nishida, Tanabe, and Nishitani shaped the historical development and philosophical underpinnings of sound art, and continues to influence contemporary sound art practices today.


The following articles outline how Kyoto School thinking has shaped sound art practice. The article in Resonance: The Journal of Sound And Culture explores intersections between the Kyoto School and relevant 20th-century art movements analyzing key sound art pieces in relation to important themes developed in Kyoto School thought . The conference paper presented at Invisible Places provides a higher level overview of the topic focusing mostly on historical perspectives.

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