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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.
Read more about our upcoming issue and theme ‘Practices of Listening’, as well as February’s launch event.
As part of the course ‘Musicology of the Everyday’, MA students were encouraged to dwell on the hidden, potentially radical significance of seemingly mundane experiences listening to music, by writing brief and informal accounts of their day-to-day musical encounters.
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.
What is affect? In this epistolary exchange, which originated as an exploratory and collaborative research project for a tutorial, a group of students share thoughts organised in part by this question, by thinking through and with different approaches to the concept of affect.
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…