A Photographic Exploration of the Liminal Space in Music Performance
I originally had the intent to photograph music when I started this project. What I did not know, however, was why.
As it turns out, music has been a language for as long as spoken language has existed in human culture. It acts as a way to express emotions and thoughts, make people dance, spark revolutions. It is no secret that music has a profound effect on its listeners; how it does and why is the question.
I photographed numerous musical events, from formal concert venues to solitary practice spaces. Between artist and audience lies what I refer to as the liminal space: an anthropological term meaning “in-between.” As the liminal space between artist and audience shifts, so does the way in which music affects those around it.
That shifting effect is one I could explain to you myself, but I will leave the images and music itself for you to make your own conclusions. If you like, do not make any conclusion at all. Sit back and let the sound envelop you, as it was intended to do upon its creation. Enjoy.
Chelsea Carlson '16
Advisor: Bridget Milligan
All images copyright © 2016 Chelsea Carlson. All rights reserved.

Untitled. Archival print. 19" x 13". 2016.

Untitled. Archival print. 19" x 13". 2016.

Untitled. Archival print. 19" x 13". 2016.

Untitled. Archival print. 19" x 13". 2016.

Installation. Various sizes. 2016.

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