December 12, 2019
In 2019, the hub of Text/Image cultures Glasgow University will host a conference on the topic of reception, consumption, and framing of music through the prism of static visual culture. Leading authority in the field of musicology and musical multimedia analysis Nicolas Cook has suggested that we have seldom experienced music in isolation from visual accompaniments and marketing strategies, the importance of which has not always been recognised. As part of a broader discussion on music and other media, he writes specifically on record sleeve art and its relation to music, maintaining that certain sleeves ‘contribute to the construction of musical meaning’, are ‘part of the discursive framework within which the music inside them is consumed’ and ‘function as agents in the cultural process, sites where meaning is negotiated through the act of consumption’.
- Comics and printed illustrations
- Sleeves and cover art of LPs, CDs and other records
- Clothing and memorabilia
- Stage production and performance
- Visual marketing and industrial issues
- Festival culture
- Audiovisual identity of digital platforms (Spotify, iTunes, etc.)
We are also interested in including performances within and around the conference. Please contact us if you are involved in relevant artistic practices, or if you know someone who is.
- Please ensure the length of proposed abstract is 250-300 words and, where appropriate, indicates your institutional affiliations. Please also provide a short bio (100 words max).
- Ensure the abstract provides a clear and accurate overview of subject matter since this may be used as part of the conference’s promotional material.
- All submissions should be sent to picturingsoundGU@gmail.com by 02/08/2019