Symposium and Reception: Sexing Sound: Aural Archives and Feminist Scores

FEB 21, 2014 | 9:30 AM TO 5:30 PM

Annea Lockwood, Piano Burning, London, 1968. Photo credit: Geoff Adams



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


1218: Segal Theatre


February 21, 2014: 9:30 AM-5:30 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.