Monday, January 25, 2010

Non-Cochlear Sound

Diapason will be working with sound artist and author Seth Kim-Cohen to present an exhibition of "Non-Cochlear Sound", as formulated in Kim-Cohen's book "In the Blink of an Ear: Toward a Non-Cochlear Sonic Art" (Continuum).

The exhibition is scheduled for October, 2010.


Non-Cochlear Sound organized by Seth Kim-Cohen


Non-Cochlear Sound describes a form of sonic practice not primarily concerned with the ear. Marcel Duchamp’s famous call for a non-retinal visual art was answered (eventually) by minimalism, conceptual art, social-based practice, and a host of approaches that appeal not to the eye, but to other concerns. In his new book, In The Blink Of An Ear: Toward a Non-Cochlear Sonic Art, artist and theorist Seth Kim-Cohen asks why sound has been slower to make the conceptual, linguistic, and social turns. As a way of responding to this question and of “redressing” this perhaps unfortunate sonic situation, we seek sound work that engages any or all of the following: sociality, conceptualism, politics, textuality, discursivity, subjectivity, history, economics, or philosophy.


Major criteria for artist participation is:

  • Artists working with sound (although the work can include other materials and media as well)
  • Work that engages concerns beyond hearing or the senses in general
  • No history of previous exhibition, performance, or recording is required


Submissions to participate are due by June 3, 2010. Participants will be contacted by July 1, 2010.


All submissions and contact will be by email.

Send an email to that includes the following information in the body:

  • Your contact information (Name, Email Address, Phone Number)
  • A brief bio/artist background describing what you do in general and what you've been doing lately
  • A brief statement about how your work relates to the idea of the non-cochlear
  • A proposal for the project you would like to include in the exhibition


Please do not attach any work-samples or documents. All work samples must be available online, and all information must be submitted in the body of the email.

Diapason is supported by NYSCA, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Phaedrus Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, The Trust for Mutual Understanding, Kirk Radke, and by generous individuals. Diapason is a 501(c)3 organization.