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Track 3: Sound and Voice: Art Practices and Politics

Track Chair: Luz Maria Sanchez Cardona

In response to RE:SOUND’s concern for the under-theorized and under-contextualized status of sonic experiments in both the histories of media arts and its archives, this track is organized around interdisciplinary sessions that explores and reactivates the histories of the political sound, politics and sound, and the construction of memory. These interdisciplinary track sessions with scholars, curators, and artists seek to explore and reactivate the histories of the political sound, of politics and sound, the power of spoken words, the construction of memory, within the political and contemporary art practices (y), both through academic papers, exhibitions, activations, and performances.

This track calls for proposals and participants that explore and discuss the role of sound and voice as a vehicle for memory, within the political, through contemporary art/cultural practices.

The sessions will be designed in an interchange between paper sessions and an on-and-off arena where paper presentations and workshops addressing memory through voice will take place.

The track is organized in 3 sessions and we welcome proposals which address the focus of one of the specified session themes below. However, we also welcome proposals addressing the track’s general theme.

  1. Session: Performative arts, voice, and construction of memory.

This session will focus on academic papers or papers of art practice as research, that deepens into the performative arts, political influx, and voice as an aesthetic trigger. Performative actions develop the construction of a physical discourse and the [self]construction of a multipresent space in which the community interpellates in the individual and collective imaginary. We encourage proposals about the use of the voice in memory constructions in a wide sense.

      2. Session Sonic intervention, the urban and affective politics.

This session explores sonic intervention as intensive encounter, for the transformation of urban environments and human experiences. Sonic intervention is understood as any action/event – including performative acts, installations, choreography and sounding sculpture – that reconfigures habitual urban expressions. As sites-of-encounter, sonic interventions are considered acts of affective politics that seek new bodily and imaginative responses for the becoming-other of individual and social bodies.

      3. Session: Spoken boundaries: Voice studies + gender/sexuality + race/origin.

This session explores language, power, voice, gender, and race, through sound. Our relationship to sound reveals how power operates within inequality contexts. Linguistic actions within the community can become rebellious and revolutionary, forming empowerment systems that use standardized means such as sound technologies as tools of resistance.