Fraser Owen / Digital Music and Sound Arts BA(Hons)

Expurgation is an abstract audio-visual piece exploring the concepts of trauma, performative abreaction and the fixation on disturbance in art as well as the accompanying cultural movements. The work is paradoxically concerned with the aestheticization of trauma, considering the position of the artist and the audience, both as a communicative element and to increase the appeal of concerned artworks. The audio takes influence from noise art and contemplates the connotations of spatial dynamics, especially in reference to the reduction of space. The visual material acts as an abstract representation of both the sonic textures and the concepts in question.