1 June 2014

Music and Art at GOMA’s Seen + Heard exhibition


Words: Saskia Edwards
Images: Jonathan Rae

Music and visual art have been widely inseparable since their inception. In fact, the etymology of music is muses, the nine goddesses of art and science.

The works in Seen + Heard fuse together popular culture, music, sound and visual art through sound installations, vinyl and musical scores.

Overarching Seen + Heard is the exploration of the symbolism of LP covers as an artistic representation of music. In a world that largely consumes intangible music, the exhibition strives to expose the now somewhat obsolete craft of an LP cover.

The exhibition includes more than 100 LP covers that trace the evolution of the 31.5cm x 31.5cm format. Recognisably it includes iconic designs like Andy Warhol’s Velvet Underground works and Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures.


Perhaps the exhibition suggests the necessity of both forms to enhance each other; that you cannot fully see something until you hear it and you cannot fully hear something until you’ve seen it.








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