Friday February 21, 2014, 9:30am-5:30pm
The Segal Theater
The Graduate Center, CUNY
Sexing Sound: Music Cultures, Audio Practices, and Contemporary Art sought to begin a dialogue about the gendered aspects of music cultures in the context of contemporary art. With a focus on pop/rock music as an important forum for experimentation with gendered performance, our interest in music cultures is also a means of exploring dispersed modes of audience identification as well as different models of authorship and collaboration. Concurrent with our central inquiry, we suggested a further question for the discussion: what happens when complex affective and social dynamics of popular music cultures are put into a dialogue with more rarified notions of sound cultures or sound art?

Organized by:
Valerie Tevere (Mellon Humanities Fellow, Center for Humanities, the Graduate Center, and Media Culture, the College of Staten Island/CUNY)
Siona Wilson (Art History, the Graduate Center, and Performing and Creative Arts, the College of Staten Island/CUNY)

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Siona Wilson & Valerie Tevere (Symposium Organizers)
Video screening: MEN Let Them Out Or Let Me In (2013)
10:00am Political Provocation and Agency: Jamaican Sound, Punk, and Pussy Riot
Moderated by Meredith Mowder (Art History, Graduate Center)
Anya Bernstein (Anthropology, Harvard University)
Title: “Post-Soviet Body Politics: Crime and Punishment in the Pussy Riot Affair”
Xaviera Simmons (Artist)
Title: “The Agency of Sound”
Peter Hitchcock (English, Graduate Center and Baruch College, CUNY)
Title: “Much more than the Sex (Pistols): Tearing Identity (with Occasional Stitches)”
Video screening: Allison Kaufmann Friday Nights at Guitar Center (2011)

11:20 BREAK: 10 mins

11:30am Sonic Practices Between Performance and Installation
Moderated by Andrew Cappetta (Art History, Graduate Center)
Regine Basha (Independent Curator)
Title: “Sound as Inter-Subjective Space”
Barbara London (Curator)
Title: “What’s Technology Got to Do with it?”

LUNCH 12:30 - 2pm

2pm Turntablism: Feminist Collaboration & Authorship
Moderated by María Edurne Zuazu (Music, Graduate Center)
Ellie M. Hisama (Music, Columbia University)
Title: “The Politics of Feminist Performance in the Work of DJ Kuttin Kandi”
Maria Chavez (Artist, Curator)
Title: “REVISITING THOSE WORDS: Failed Attempt as Material”

 3pm Women’s Work, Feminist Archives & the Gendered Voice 
Moderated by Valerie Tevere and Siona Wilson (Symposium Organizers)
Video screening: Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of their Desperation (2013); performance of score by Pauline Oliveros (1970)
Mark Beasley (Curator, Performa)
Title: “Circular Song: a Listening Session”
Listening segment: Cathy Lane The Hebrides Suite (2013)
Annea Lockwood (Composer)
Title: “Women’s Work”
Annea Lockwood, I Give You Back
Performed by Kristin Norderval