Michał Choiński

The Grotesque and the Disturbed - the Aesthetics of Metal Album Covers

Michał Choiński holds a PhD in literary history from the Jagiellonian University (Kraków, Poland). His research focuses on rhetorical and aesthetic aspects of early modern and modern literature. Choiński is the author of two academic books, Rhetoric of the Revival (published with Yale University) and Southern Hyperboles (published with the Louisiana State University). Choiński also writes poetry - his volume Gifts Without Wrapping will be coming out in the UK this year.Outside academia, Choiński works as a music promoter and a festival booker. In Poland, his music agency, Iron Realm Productions, has worked with a number of metal, neofolk and folk artists, including Wardruna and Ivar Bjørnson and Einar Selvik's Hugsjá.

It’s hardly an innovative statement to say that metal music has its own aesthetic code which constitutes a complex phenomenon of culture. In his lecture, he will discuss the aesthetics of metal album covers in particular. Using different aesthetic theories of the grotesque, he will try to explore the psychological effects generated by images used in album covers from different genres of metal music, spanning from the classical Iron Maiden albums to a selection of more extreme underground releases. In his talk he will try to reach a better understanding of how the reception of music itself can be reinforced by the disturbance of visual balance, and how the visual uncanny triggers the effects of aural anxiety.

Saturday 17th August 13:30 – 14:30
Large Auditorium @ Midgard Viking Center



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