matter of the spirit

[BIARI; coupla presentations to highlight…]

 

Matthew Warne: “Luandan soundscapes and the shift from listening to attending”

 

Composing as listening – entangling the two acts. “Composition is a by-product of listening – the shadow.”

 

“A composition is what remains of a given way in which someone has heard the world.”

 

And this relates to the compositional style of Soulographie:

 

Improvised music: a window onto how the musician is hearing. Observing and responding simultaneously.

 

The audience put into the position of improviser – hearing and composing the event at the same time, playing the play.

 

Towards ideas of meaning –

 

Expertise and insufficiency: We still need disciplinary refinement, but it won’t be enough. Neither will the collaboration. The limits of anthropological performance… Creates interest, but needs ultimately to make a statement on a vector, if it won’t be about anthropology.

 

Soundscape is limited in the way that anthropology is limited in terms of generating culture…

 

Sampling finds its way into theater anthropologically – Barba and the next-generation of Grotowskian artists. This distribution involves a kind of compression, (MP3; compression = repression? a question raised by Anthony Davis…); you lose the bass. There is the illusion of the objective observer capturing objective cultural principles.

 

Siona O’Connel – “District 6 (South Africa) through the family photograph.”

 

Two particular questions came up for me…

 

What ever happened to the mix tape? We prize slideshows/snaps now as a tool for creating romantic (and also dangerous) intimacy? Also:

 

Performance, and those who insist on the physical artifact of the photo, the analogue: are advocates for a spiritual materiality, esp in memorials… versus a despiritualized immateriality (sensational, political, graphic in the flattest sense) of the hyper-proliferated digital image?)

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