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Ming-Yuen S. Ma and Erika Suderburg

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816670826

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816670826.001.0001

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The Voice of Blindness

The Voice of Blindness

On the Sound Tactics of Tran T. Kim-Trang’s the Blindness Series

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(p.65) 5 The Voice of Blindness
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Resolutions 3
Author(s):

Ming-Yuen S. Ma

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816670826.003.0005

This chapter explores the audio elements in Vietnamese American video artist Tran T. Kim-Trang’s The Blindness Series (1992–2006), a collection of eight experimental single-channel videotapes. The voice-over narration emerges as one of The Blindness Series’ central audio devices. Tran’s use of voice is examined through two theoretical frameworks: voice as a metaphor for subjectivity and voice in its materiality. These frameworks are discussed by focusing on two of the videos in the series: Kore (1994) and Ekleipsis (1998). The chapter argues that the many voices within The Blindness Series, both metaphorical and material, speak to the limitations of visuality. Speaking in many tongues and sometimes in the nonverbal diction of whispers, groans, and cries, these voices speak about what is outside visual representation.

Keywords:   video art, sound, audio, video artist, blindness, visuality, metaphor, subjectivity, materiality

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