Interdisciplinary Lecture Series

Winter term 2021/22

 

Where: Art House Kino, Future Art Lab, Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1, 1030 Wien and online via zoom

When: Wednesday 17:30-19:00

(if not indicated otherwise)

 

Together Alone. Musical Practices between Collectivity and Individuation

Current societal transitions are reshaping the collective and individual aspects of musical practices. At the same time, creative practices remain actively in motion, and relations among human and non-human actors are continuously re-configured. While the interconnectedness of global actors has fostered the emergence of new collectives and redefined conventional understandings of identities, the ubiquity of the digital has made the creation and consumption of music an increasingly individual and fragmented experience. As a result, actors involved in music making and music consumption drift in the interspace between individuation, new collective experiences, and persisting forms of collective identification.

By investigating what persists and what changes, we want to reflect on music’s material, aesthetic, and ethical dimensions as well as its manifold—social, symbolic, affective—values against the background of diverse practices, ranging from performing and listening to meaning production, (de)canonisation, and mediation. Touching upon an array of contemporary issues such as activism, inequalities and diversity, racism and racialisation, intimacy and belonging, the lectures also invite us to meditate on music’s transformative potential and impact on culture and society.

In a time of crisis and uncertainty, the lecture series with its multifaceted topics aims to unfold the productive potentials embedded in contemporary creative practices. Drawing on interdisciplinary perspectives, this series seeks to contribute to a contemporary diagnosis of musical matters at the intersection of materialities, practices, and knowings.

 

 

Programme

 

 

13.10.2021

Simone Mahrenholz

Matter and Meaning in Music – The Collective and the Culture-Relative

 

20.10.2021 (Online)

14:00-15:30

Kai van Eikels

Can You Love Your Neighbor's Music Like Your Own? Some Notes on Material Ethics

 

27.10.2021 (Online)

14:00-15:30

Adel-Jing Wang

Tacit Resonance: Problems and Potentials in Collective Music Improvisation

 

03.11.2021

Andreas Meyer

Music on Display: Museum Exhibitions and the Politics of Memory

 

10.11.2021 (Online)

Timothy J. Dowd

The Dynamics of Musicking: Connections, Classifications, and Careers

 

17.11.2021 (Online)

Nina Sun Eidsheim

The Body as Music’s Terroir

 

24.11.2021

Ana Hofman

Amateurism Revisited: Singing, Activism and the Limits of (Post)socialist Racialization

 

01.12.2021 (Online)

Rolando Vázquez

Decolonial Aesthesis and the Task of Listening

 

15.12.2021

Luis-Manuel Garcia

Together, Somehow: Liquidarity, Activist Fieldwork, and Queer Rave Collectives

 

12.01.2022 (Online)

David Hesmondhalgh

Digital Platforms in the Realm of Culture: the Case of Music Streaming Services

 

19.01.2022 (Online)

Astrid Erll

Music and Moving Memory

 

26.01.2022

Thomas Burkhalter

Contradict: How Musicians in Ghana Push for Change

 

 

The participation is free of charge, please register via musicmatters@mdw.ac.at