Sound and music seem to have been underwhelmingly part of contemporary museums. However, they are shyly making their way in the area of contemporary art, often via visual artists keen on using sound in their work or inviting musicians or sound-focused artists to collaborate. But how are visual arts curators situated both within and outside the boundaries of institutions, and how do galleries and museums deal with the increasing importance of sound? Does its lack of tangible value make it a less interesting art form and more of an ornament or add-on? Should there be a more conscious engagement and investment from those gatekeepers, or does the independent space and community thrive better without the conventional boundary of contemporary art?
This Libreta gathers curators who are engaged with performance art and music in particular, as well as making efforts to make institutions more aware of the importance and value of creating new audiences, finding inclusive rather than peripheral settings for aural experiences.