This presentation examines how differences between ways of looking, such as the gaze and the glance, may be appreciable by thinking in terms of their interrelationship to other sensory modalities, in particular their relationship to the realm of the auditory.
Taking the case of art-works displayed in museums in Nagasaki, Japan we will look at how the ascription of value to forms of vision in an art gallery setting may be contingent on the control of sound and speech and on a recognition of the acoustic qualities of art works such that they are heard as well as seen.
In the second half of the presentation we will consider works that arise from and respond to sound in the environment by looking at war-art in Okinawa, Japan. We will reflect on how the subjects and material composition of these works are designed so as to connect acts of looking to acts of listening.
Overall, the presentation argues for the importance of considering vision in relation to the other senses and makes a case for listening and the appreciation of sound.