Lecture: Douglas Barrett
Douglas Barrett: The Limits of Sound: Critical Music After Sound
Responding to the proliferation of activity following the recently announced "sonic turn" in the arts and humanities, my forthcoming book After Sound: Toward a Critical Music proposes a novel category for socially engaged musical art practices. Coining the term "critical music," I discuss contemporary artists (Ultra-red, Pussy Riot, Hong-Kai Wang, Peter Ablinger, and others) who intervene into political and philosophical conflicts by exploiting music's unique historical forms. Beyond sound, these artists incorporate conceptualism, social practice, and activism in work that interrogates gender, sexuality, politics, and labor. In short, they use musical forms – not limited to sound – to do cultural work.