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VOICEVocal Aesthetics in Digital Arts and Media$
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Norie Neumark, Ross Gibson, and Theo van Leeuwen

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262013901

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262013901.001.0001

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Doing Things with Voices: Performativity and Voice

Doing Things with Voices: Performativity and Voice

(p.95) 6 Doing Things with Voices: Performativity and Voice

Norie Neumark

The MIT Press

This chapter examines the occurrence of an authenticity effect through voice and in voice in digital media and media art. Drawing on specific examples of media and media artwork, it argues that “authenticity” itself may be heard as performative, and looks at a number of cases characterized by performativity rather than authenticity, and by intimacy and intensity, rather than by the immersiveness of the spectacle. These include amateur YouTube videos and machinima as well as Igor Stromajer’s Internet operas, Mark Hansen and Ben Rubin’s Listening Post, and Janet Cardiff’s audio walks. The chapter also discusses how performative voices create and disturb sense and identity.

Keywords:   YouTube, Igor Stromajer, Janet Cardiff, audio walks, performative voices, authenticity, voice, digital media, media art, performativity

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