Exposition

Secret Noise: Marcel Duchamp and the (Un)sound Object (2020)

Krzysztof Fijalkowski

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Marcel Duchamp’s enigmatic sculpture With Hidden Noise (1916) is widely known, but its complex relationship to sound has received limited attention. Containing a secret object whose presence and identity is registered only by the noise it makes inside a ball of twine held between metal plates, this performative aspect of the work remains unavailable for contemporary audiences; as such, it participates in what Christof Migone qualifies as the “unsound,” the latent aural registers of silence or suppressed noise. Considering the secrecy and sonic capabilities of this object, as well as the work’s collaborative contexts alongside the repeated interest in sound found elsewhere in Duchamp’s activity, gives access to reading With Hidden Noise as a proposition about hidden or embodied knowledge, a knowledge whose complex and hybrid nature is specifically registered through the promise of a performance of sound that remains tacit but resonant.
typeresearch exposition
date02/09/2020
published11/09/2020
last modified11/09/2020
statuspublished
share statusprivate
copyrightFijalkowski
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urlhttps://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/978680/978681
published inJournal of Sonic Studies
portal issue20. Issue 20


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