“If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.”
― Zora Neale Hurston
Voice cuts across many realms of human existence, society, and culture. It thus offers a rich and fertile and ground for exploring issues for which no language or methods seems to exist. It offers a conceptual path that allows it to engage art and politics in a novel way. The seminar explores the meaning of "voice" from a range of different angles: voice as the medium of speech, voice as breath, voice as a musical medium, voice as a metaphor, voice as a political value (as in voting), voice as disembodied technological medium, voice as a concept in grammar and literary theory.
The goal of the course is for participants to find the meaning of voice in their own path as artists, and discover its relevance to their research. It also offers resources that allow participants to continue the exploration of voice in their own ways.
Day 1, first session
The many meanings of voice. Initial exploration
Second session: Experiencing voice. Series of in-class experiments.
Day 2, first session
Voice as aesthetic and political phenomenon (reading Couldry)
Polyphony and heteroglossia (reading Bakhtin), in-class experiments of speaking and writing
Day 3, first session
Breath and music, voice as a metaphor of origin and destiny
Meaningless talk and telling silence—presence, voice, and meaning in art.
Couldry, Why Voice Matters, ch 1, 5, 7
Andrew Robinson, In Theory Bakhtin: Dialogism, Polyphony and Heteroglossia
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