Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Introducing sound artist Victoria Karlsson

London-based sound artist Victoria Karlsson contacted me after she read one of my blog posts about my investigations into voice-hearing. We skyped today and discussed both of our practices and found some interesting connections.

"Victoria Karlsson is interested in the emotional and subjective aspects of sound and art. Investigating sound as both an inner and outer experience, she explores how we think about, remember, dream about sounds, and how this influences our experiences of sounds in our everyday. 

She is currently undertaking a PhD Research Degree at University of the Arts, London. Her practice based research, with the working title of "Mapping experiences of inner sounds " investigates sounds in thoughts, asking if we hear sounds in our minds, what they mean to us and where they come from.

The research aims to create a body of work defining our understanding of “inner sounds” - sounds we ‘hear’ in both our conscious and unconscious mind, similar to, but different from an inner voice. While the term is positioned hypothetically at this stage, the aim of this project is to research experiences of inner sounds with a view to producing a working definition of its meaning. Through practice-based research, the project aims to investigate strategies of articulating and making inner sounds audible, and develop a language to externalise and map experiences of inner sounds. While inner experiences are often explored within artistic practice, this projects specific focus is on experiences of inner sound, where this sort of exploration has not been attempted before.

As a sound designer on several live art events, Victoria creates sound environments that evoke alternative words and explore our experience of different spaces. Working closely with the director, performers and set designers to ensure sound becomes an integral part of the performance environment."

We discussed all manner of sound-related topics including:

- whether you can ever communicate what is in your head
- we tend to hear about people having negative auditory hallucinations, but some auditory hallucinations can be helpful
- how we can attribute sounds to different emotions and states

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