Sexing Sound: Music Cultures, Audio Practices, and Contemporary Art

FEB 21, 2014 | 9:00 AM TO 6:00 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


1218: Segal Theatre


February 21, 2014: 9:00 AM-6:00 PM





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. More details coming soon.

Including: Regine Basha, Mark Beasley, Anya Bernstein, Maria Chavez, Cathy Lane, Annea Lockwood, Barbara London, Ellie Hisama, Peter Hitchcock, Anne Hilde Neset, Kristin Norderval, Xaviera Simmons, Valerie Tevere, Siona Wilson, JD Samson, and others.

Cosponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Seminar on Images and Information, Office for Contemporary Art Norway, the PhD Program in Art History, The Graduate Center, and the Division of Humanities and Social Science, The College of Staten Island.