About the event

Pop and rock music has long been an important forum for experimentation with gendered performance, audience identification, and different models of authorship and collaboration. What happens, we ask, when the complex affective and social dynamics of popular music cultures are put into a dialogue with more rarified notions of audio cultures or sound art? Taking the issue of sexual difference and sexuality as its central concern, this symposium brings together an international group of artists, writers, educators and curators to address the gendered complexes of “music cultures,” “audio practices,” and where these two realms intersect in contemporary art. Presentation topics include the feminist sound archive Her Noise, women in early punk, the voice, and the soundscape. The symposium will end at 5pm with a performance of a composition by Annea Lockwood performed by Kristin Norderval, followed by a reception at 6pm in the James Gallery with a set by JD Samson.

Organized by:

Valerie Tevere (Mellon Humanities Fellow, the Center for Humanities; Media Culture, the College of Staten Island/CUNY)

Siona Wilson (Program in Art History, The Graduate Center, CUNY; Performing and Creative Arts, the College of Staten Island, CUNY.

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9:30AM: Introduction by Valerie Tevere & Siona Wilson

Video screening: MEN Let Them Out Or Let Me In (2013)

10:00AM: Session One

Political Provocation and Agency: Jamaican Sound, Punk, and Pussy Riot
Moderated by Meredith Mowder (The PhD Program in Art History, The Graduate Center, CUNY).

Post-Soviet Body Politics: Crime and Punishment in the Pussy Riot Affair, Anya Bernstein (Department of Anthropology, Harvard University)

The Agency of Sound, Xaviera Simmons (Artist)

Much more than the Sex (Pistols): Tearing Identity (with Occasional Stitches), Peter Hitchcock (Department of English, The Graduate Center and Baruch College, CUNY)

Video screening: Allison Kaufman Friday Nights at Guitar Center (2012)

11:20 – 11:30AM: Break

11:30AM: Session Two

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Sonic Practices Between Performance and Installation
Moderated by Andrew Cappetta (The PhD Program in Art History, The Graduate Center, CUNY)

Sound as Inter-Subjective Space, Regine Basha (Curator)

What’s Technology Got to Do with it?, Barbara London (Curator)

12:30 – 2:00PM: Lunch

2:00PM: Session Three

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Turntablism: Feminist Collaboration & Authorship
Moderated by María Edurne Zuazu (PhD Program in Music, The Graduate Center, CUNY)

The Politics of Feminist Performance in the Work of DJ Kuttin Kandi, Ellie M. Hisama (Department of Music, Columbia University)

REVISITING THOSE WORDS: Failed attempt as Material, Maria Chavez (Artist, Curator)

3:00 – 3:15PM: Break

3:15PM: Session Four

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Women’s Work, Feminist Archives & the Gendered Voice
Moderated by Valerie Tevere and Siona Wilson

Video screening: Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of their Desperation (2013) performance of a score by Pauline Oliveros (1970)

Circular Song: A Listening Session, Mark Beasley (Curator, Performa)

Listening session: from Cathy Lane Hebrides Suites (2013)

Women’s Work, Annea Lockwood (Composer)

Live performance: Annea Lockwood, I Give You Back (1995) performed by Kristin Norderval

6:00-8:00PM: Gallery Reception with a performance by JD Samson