[SoundStudies] Announcement: Upcoming Sound Studies Talks at Wesleyan

Lynda Paul lynda.paul at yale.edu
Wed Aug 21 16:15:46 EDT 2013

Dear Sound Studies aficionados,

Another announcement of some upcoming talks nearby--mark your calendars 
if these
are of interest.

All best,


Lynda Paul, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate in the Integrated Humanities
Yale University

Room 003
Rehearsal Hall
Center for the Arts
60 Wyllys Avenue
Middletown, CT 06459

Directions may be found at http://www.wesleyan.edu/about/traveltowes.html

Sept 25:  Elizabeth Lindau
"Mother Superior": Maternity and Creativity in the Work of Yoko Ono.

This presentation traces Yoko Ono's depictions of motherhood in her conceptual
"instruction pieces," avant-garde rock albums, visual artworks, and 
Collectively, these works show an ambivalence toward motherhood characteristic
of second-wave feminism: women's capacity for childbearing is at once the
source of their subjugation and their power. Through her candid interview
statements and autobiographical works, Ono posits maternity as a model for
avant-garde artistic creation.

Elizabeth Lindau (Ph.D., University of Virginia) is Visiting Assistant 
of Music at Wesleyan University. Her work explores intersections between
avant-gardism and popular music through artists like the Velvet Underground,
Brian Eno, David Byrne, and Sonic Youth.

October 16:   Amy Cimini
Owning Life and Living Sound: Maryanne Amacher?s ?Living Sound: Patent
Pending? (1980)

In early June 1980, pioneering sound artist Maryanne Amacher created a
multimedia installation called ?Living Sound: Patent Pending? for the
Walker Art Center?s New Music America Festival. Like many of her
installations, ?Living Sound? activates the acoustic potential of built
space, but in this case, Amacher oriented the installation around textual and
sculptural stagings of hypothetical bioengineering experiments aimed at
producing microorganism designed to maximize her listeners? capacities to
cultivate new perceptual techniques and habits. Between this multimedia 
and the work?s title, Amacher intended ?Living Sound? to refer to a
then-current piece of bioengineering litigation (a case known as Diamond v
Chakrabarty) in which the Supreme Court ruled bioengineered life forms to be
patentable subject matter. Years after Diamond, thinkers in many fields have
come to interpret the case as a dangerous subsumption of life by political
economy in which biological life, more broadly, becomes the object of 
strategy. In her historical moment, however, Amacher assessed Diamond much
differently, interpreting the case as a strong vindication of her interest in
expanded modes of perception that unfold at the intersection of human life,
non-human things and laboratory-created life forms. This talk considers how
Amacher?s interest in biology as an object of aesthetic strategy might
operate in concert and in conflict with emerging biopolitical modes of
governance, elaborating a history of listening that makes audible fissure and
slippages in the conjunction of politics with the life sciences in the late
20th century.

Amy Cimini is a violist and historical musicologist whose research concerns
music and philosophy of the 20th century with an emphasis on theories of the
body and the ethics of experimental practice. She earned her Ph.D. from New
York University in 2011 and she is currently Assistant Professor of Music at
the University of California at San Diego.

October 23:  Douglas Kahn
Aelectrosonics and Experimental Music

The Aelectrosonic, the electromagnetic equivalent of the Aeolian, is 
to account for aesthetic and musical engagements of nature sounds heard in
telecommunications technologies beginning in the last quarter of the 
century, and its relationship to avant-garde, electronic and 
experimental music
is examined.

Douglas Kahn is a research professor at the National Institute for 
Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney. He is the author of Noise Water
Meat: A History of Sound in the Arts (MIT Press, 1999) and Earth Sound Earth
Signal: Energies and Earth Magnitude in the Arts (UC Press, 2013).

Oct 30 J. Martin Daughtry
Thanatosonics: Acoustic Violence and the Problem of Listening in Wartime.

Drawing on extensive conversations with American military service members and
Iraqi civilians, this talk investigates the complex ways in which sound, music
and violence intersected with listening bodies and acoustic territories during
the recent war in Iraq.

J. Martin Daughtry is an assistant professor in the NYU department of music,
where he teaches courses related to ethnomusicology and sound studies. He is
the co-editor (with Jonathan Ritter) of Music in the Post-9/11 World 
2007), and author of The Amplitude of Violence: Sound and Listening in Wartime
Iraq (Oxford, forthcoming).

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