Sound::Gender::Feminism::Activism 2014, post graduate research event, CRiSAP, London
25 international presentations by artists, musicians and academics on the four topics, specifically addressing the question, 'What in the historical present constitutes an activist life in sound?'
I am slightly biased having organized this event with CRiSAP but could not help but be blown away by the content. Here are some of the small specifics that stand out for me a i dashed in and out of the theatre.
- Maggie Nichols describing how to break the mould of expected expression and 'normality' (while breaking out into free vocal expressions mid with through sentences) but retaining just enough to be able to say 'no officer, i'm fine thank you'.
- Tara Rodgers stating a case for new modes of communication and content sharing that credits the makers. She disagrees with free online content of art works and ideas as this is not a sustainable practice, nor does it value the work created. So time to think of a new way to create online groups and share ideas.
- Alison Balance's performance: sixty five, sixty four, sixty three .... we are the vessles for the stories. A perforamtive reminder of our physical and behavioural responsibitliy as story tellers.
- Anna Raimondo's Encouragements. Using a hands free mobile phone to declare encouragments to passers by, with the using the smallest of excuses - the white cable headphones that attach to a mobile phone - retaining her 'sanity' in these public spaces.
- Philip Cornett's interviews with LGBT community in Cambridge, as interviewed by young LGBT group members. Utterly shocking accounts of what has, and undoubtably still is happaning.
- Invasorix, a Mexican group overflowing with SGFA energy and passion that feel similar to the UK group Gaggle.
- and many more...