As part of our series ‘Practices of Musicking’, Zeno Siemens attunes to the non-sonic forms of ‘singing’ exhibited by deaf performers in Christine Sun Kim’s ‘Face Opera II’. These embodied, visual and spatial acts of signing and facial expressions offer a musical experience accessible only through a non-aural, embodied practice of listening.
For the first piece in series ‘Practices of Musicking’, Suzi Asa attempts to understand her musical experience in Turkish taverns (‘meyhanes’) through illustrations that she terms ‘meyhanescapes’. Exploring the extra-sonic, embodied aspects of this ‘musicking’ experience, her visualisations allow us to rethink the nature of music and musical perception as based in practice – and not merely as aural ‘practices of listening’.
Ahead of the publication of our first issue, themed ‘Practices of Listening’, Zeno Siemens reports from this workshop exploring coloniality and race in sound, archives, listening technologies and practices.
To welcome in the new year, Justine Gensse and Anouk Hoogendoorn offer an alternative to the self-improvement narratives of New Year’s resolutions. Collected from students of ‘Gender, Bodies and the Posthuman’ at the University of Amsterdam, these ‘Low-resolutions’ form part of the exhibition W_show, which features work in progress from the University’s Master of Artistic Research.
Kelly Klaver reports from Jack Halberstam’s keynote speech to the Global Critical Pedagogies Conference. Rejecting the “master’s tools”, Halberstam applied queer strategies of resistance to contemporary concerns, from Kavanaugh to gay marriage.
NOTE – the deadline for ‘Off the Grid’-themed abstracts has now passed, but we are still accepting submissions of full papers (4,000-6,000 words) on any other topic. Please email [email protected] Grids govern our landscapes and cityscapes, our paintings and grocery lists, our maps and our borders, both walled and imaginary. They get us our energy…
‘Intradisciplinary’ research group Forensic Architecture blur the boundaries between art, architecture, research and human rights in this exhibition, Forensic Justice. Laura van den Bergh reports from its opening at BAK in Utrecht, finding hope in its interventions in ecocide and genocide.
Calvin Duggan reflects on the irony of celebrating the ‘take-it-to-the-streets’ protests of the 60s and 70s in the neat packaging of Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum. He asks what we can learn from the re-materialisation of these artworks and the struggles they were a part of in such a space, and how they might help us to reflect on the ongoing struggles of the present day.
How do we address the very real pile-up of crises that shape our current times and threaten to overwhelm through their sheer quantity? How do we make sense of and engage with the ubiquitousness of the term ‘crisis’ itself? How can we resist encroaching neoliberalism and what place does critical theory and the academy play…
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