Vaegan Seminar: Dr Anne Barnes: Administering Sonic Shock in Samson and Delilah

Friday, 28 April, 2017 - 16:00


Dr Anne Barnes will present to all interested parties on Friday 28 April 2017 a lecture titled "Administering Sonic Shock in Samson and Delilah" from 4-5pm.

Relevant details are as follows:

Date: Friday 28 April 2017

Time: 4pm - 5pm

Location: School of Optometry and Vision Science, AOP Seminar Room Level 2 Room 2.030 North Wing Rupert Myers Building Gate 14 Barker Street UNSW Sydney NSW 2052

Presenter: Dr Anne Barnes

Title of talk: Administering Sonic Shock in Samson and Delilah

Abstract: This paper explores and focuses on a series of visual and sonic shocks that occur in Warwick Thornton’s film Samson and Delilah (2009). Gilles Delueze in Cinema 2, uses’s Bergson’s concepts of ‘recollection image’ and ‘world memory’ to investigate the perception of time and memory. In The World and the Home, Homi Bhabha discusses the ‘uncanny voice’ of the ‘unhomely’, heard at the point where home and world become intermingled. 

Using Delueze and Bhabha as a starting point and incorporating interview material from Thornton and sound designer Liam Egan, this paper investigates how the soundtrack of Samson and Delilah releases a series of shocks administered by the play between sound and image. For the audio-viewer, history and memory are open to question; another shock, a dream, an audible contested site is open to interpretation.

This paper argues that in Samson and Delilah, the audience is not bombard with information, instead the carefully constructed sound and image tracks are specifically designed to instigate emotional jolts, to create unease and to bring to the fore questions about representation, history, memory and diaspora.

Short biography: Dr Anne Barnes lectures in screen studies at the New York University Sydney campus and has taught film and media studies at the University of New South Wales. Working as a sound professional in both the New Zealand and Australian film industries, she has been nominated, and won awards for, both her location and post-production sound work. Her most recent publication, ‘Administering Sonic Shock in Samson and Delilah’ in, Australian Screen in the 2000’s, Palgrave Macmillian, is due for release in October 2017.   Anne is currently researching the history of the Australian film sound industry and working on the Sounding Bodies Project.