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Sharon Hayes

An Ear to the Sounds of Our History (Voices), 2011

£6,800

An Ear to the Sounds of Our History, is a series of works made from LP record covers drawn from an extensive archive of spoken-word vinyl records. The collection dates from 1948 to 1984, tracing a period when political speech was often recorded on and disseminated through vinyl records. Using the album covers to stand as symbols for various political movements throughout history, Hayess arranges them into “sentences” in which she can make a proposal about some relationships between history, politics and speech. In these “sentences,” certain realities stand as glaringly obvious while incongruent historical moments interact and converge.

The artist is interested in a singular transhistorical dimension of recorded voice, a material that conducts the same acoustic properties as everything about the original context in which the voice was recorded changes dramatically as days, months and years pass. Here the accessibility, dissemination, and preservation of these voices, demonstrates the limits and contradictions of mythologized values about public and political speech.

Edition Size

Unique

Dimensions

63cm x 63cm

Finishing

Vintage record covers

A unique artwork by Sharon Hayes, composed of vintage record covers. Generously donated by the artist.

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    About The Artwork

    An Ear to the Sounds of Our History, is a series of works made from LP record covers drawn from an extensive archive of spoken-word vinyl records. The collection dates from 1948 to 1984, tracing a period when political speech was often recorded on and disseminated through vinyl records. Using the album covers to stand as symbols for various political movements throughout history, Hayess arranges them into “sentences” in which she can make a proposal about some relationships between history, politics and speech. In these “sentences,” certain realities stand as glaringly obvious while incongruent historical moments interact and converge. The artist is interested in a singular transhistorical dimension of recorded voice, a material that conducts the same acoustic properties as everything about the original context in which the voice was recorded changes dramatically as days, months and years pass. Here the accessibility, dissemination, and preservation of these voices, demonstrates the limits and contradictions of mythologized values about public and political speech.

    About Sharon Hayes