Doing Race — Getting Race Done to You

Despite being widely acknowledged as a social construction, race continues to wield its power as a deterministic and structural force around material conditions. While it is true, then, that race should not hold power, in actuality, contours of racism still express itself in the everyday experiences of BIPOC. One of the central tenants of this… Continue reading Doing Race — Getting Race Done to You

Tracing Vocal Trajectories

Tracing Vocal Trajectories Object oriented ontology, as a field or movement, has offered a compelling case to the discourse around the distinction between things, objects, and subjects. Inspired by Heidegger, Graham Harman articulates a sort of metaphysics which affords objects, such as bananas, Coco-Cola, and asteroids, a certain level of agency in relationship to human… Continue reading Tracing Vocal Trajectories

Voices, Materiality, and Mediations: Bounded Infrastructures

Voices are often thought of in two prevailing epistemologies: voice as material and voice as metaphor. Materiality offers us an understanding of the voice as a sound object in and of itself. Barthes’ conceptualization of the Grain balances, on the one hand, adjectives as predicates (this music is sad), and, on the other, an ineffable… Continue reading Voices, Materiality, and Mediations: Bounded Infrastructures

Voicing Critical Infrastructures: A Starter Kit

Description Who is this will never tell you who the singer is. Attending to the acousmatic question tells you only who is listening; who you are. Indeed, who we are. Nina Sun Eidsheim, The Race of Sound (2019) Nina Sun Eidsheim’s positioning of the acousmatic question — Who is speaking? — articulates a presupposition that… Continue reading Voicing Critical Infrastructures: A Starter Kit