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Music Graduate Colloquium: Lori Burns

Friday, October 26, 2018
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Talbot College (TC)
Room: 101
graduate colloquium

Presented by Graduate Studies in Music, the Don Wright Faculty of Music Graduate Colloquium series includes lectures by distinguished guests, Western faculty members, and senior graduate students on all fields of research and creative activity in music.

Lori Burns (University of Ottawa)
“Interpreting Multimodal Expression: Patric Ullaeus’ Video Treatment of Dark Tranquillity’s ‘Uniformity’”
Swedish videographer Patric Ullaeus’ heavy metal music videos render a powerful portrayal of performance style and aesthetics, offering an intimate view of the band members while also exploring the scope of the performance space. He yields an evocative representation of metal performance, enhancing the artwork by providing a sense of immediate access, thus drawing the spectator into the dynamic workings of performance that comprise the genre conventions of song structure, expressive strategies, and discursive elements. As his finely detailed and comprehensive vision situates the viewer “inside” the work, he encourages a superlative awareness of the embodied subjectivities of the performers. This paper examines Ullaeus’ video treatment of Dark Tranquillity’s “Uniformity” (2013).
In order to bring multimodal expressions into view, my analytic model studies the corporeal, temporal, and spatial dimensions, in relation to the discursive, structural, and expressive elements, across the three artistic domains of word, sound, and image. The analytic framework responds to scholarly writings on multimodality (e.g., Burns 2017; Cook 1998; Elleström 2010; Fahlenbrach 2017; Goodwin 1992; Rosenberg 2012) from a range of perspectives. As the video spectator-listener engages with the interpretation of embodied subjectivity and cultural meaning in this video, a number of questions can be posed about the multimodal expression: how does the performance video present physical bodies and materials; how do these bodies move within space and time; how do the elements of structure and design shape the performance; how are the expressive strategies of the performers captured; and what discursive values drive the artistic representations?

All Colloquium series events take place on selected Fridays in Talbot College 101 at 3:30 pm. (unless otherwise noted). Admission is free, and all are welcome to attend!

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