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The sensorial effectiveness of Laure Prouvost's art


Ljungberg, Christina (2017). The sensorial effectiveness of Laure Prouvost's art. Versus, 1/2017(124):75-87.

Abstract

Laure Prouvost’s multimedia art uses storytelling, quick cuts, montage and surround sound to evoke softness, gentleness, smell and pain. Simultaneously operating on four different levels – textual, sound track, voice track and image – her videos play with filmic conventions, forcing her viewers to consider how they perceive space, sound and text. Whereas her deliberate misspellings question our relationship with language, her laconic commentary anticipates our consumption of her work, making it both rhetorically and sensorially seductive. The sensorial effectiveness thus created by Prouvost’s use of medial artifacts and language in Swallow (2013) and Wantee (2013) blurs the boundaries between reality and fiction, redefines cultural memory and perception and, in so doing, addresses fundamental issues of poetics and aesthetics.

Abstract

Laure Prouvost’s multimedia art uses storytelling, quick cuts, montage and surround sound to evoke softness, gentleness, smell and pain. Simultaneously operating on four different levels – textual, sound track, voice track and image – her videos play with filmic conventions, forcing her viewers to consider how they perceive space, sound and text. Whereas her deliberate misspellings question our relationship with language, her laconic commentary anticipates our consumption of her work, making it both rhetorically and sensorially seductive. The sensorial effectiveness thus created by Prouvost’s use of medial artifacts and language in Swallow (2013) and Wantee (2013) blurs the boundaries between reality and fiction, redefines cultural memory and perception and, in so doing, addresses fundamental issues of poetics and aesthetics.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
Dewey Decimal Classification:820 English & Old English literatures
Uncontrolled Keywords:multimedia art; intersemiotic processes; sensorial efficiency; perception; cultural memory
Language:English
Date:January 2017
Deposited On:15 Dec 2017 13:48
Last Modified:17 May 2018 09:18
Publisher:Il Mulino
ISSN:0393-8255
OA Status:Closed
Related URLs:http://versus.dfc.unibo.it/riv1.php (Publisher)

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