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Resonant Perspectives in a Pluralistic World

Thursday Lecture Series

dateOctober 22, 2020 timeThursday, 12:45pm–2:00pm EDT locationVirtual Event
  • Free and open to the public
  • Registration required. See details.
People kayaking on a river

The intensifying effects of climate catastrophe has implicated anthropocentrism and the effects of human dominance on the more-than-human world. The position we find ourselves in calls for more equitable and sustainable paradigms that have the capacity to shift concepts of power and agency, and emphasize materially pluralistic and agential domains that humans are entangled with and depend upon. In this talk I will discuss an interdisciplinary methodology I’ve designed that explores how the flows, velocities and contingencies of sound may reassemble our assumptions of who perceives, and amplify the intermaterial effects we have on each other. Specifically I will discuss my creative research project Resonance & Resemblance (R&R, Thorpe 2017), a sonic meditation that accentuated the mesh of geo-bio perception (of which humans are but one). I will discuss how, with R&R, I engaged non-hierarchal music-making strategies to listen with particular attention to the phenomenon of resonance in our environment. In addition I situate this project alongside the work of sound and sculpture artist Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon, who also figures resonance strongly in her process. These works in conversation point to what I frame as resonant perspective: a relational and situated knowing (Haraway 1988) of a materially plural, protean and impactful environment (Cajete 2016).

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Talks in this series will be followed by discussion, including a Q&A session with the audience.

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