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Musicking at the Limit of the Human

Thursday Lecture Series, Animation

dateFebruary 21, 2013 timeThursday, 12:15pm EST location The Heyman Center, Columbia University

In this discussion, Professor Tomlinson examined how the deep, extraordinary history of musicking offers several heuristic opportunities of extra-musical reach. It traces the emergence of a semiosis, unique in some regards, that builds complex, systematic organization onto non-symbolic signification. In doing so, it suggests an approach to the human/non-human limit that minimizes language and consequently turns away from human exceptionalism to emphasize our participation in a broader animal community. This in turn opens a vista looking out from characteristic human capacities onto the broadest reaches of sign-making, information, and animateness.