Thursday, December 1 // 7pm – 9pmInternational Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI) and CAFKA are proud to co-present this Big Ideas in Art + Culture + Improvisation lecture. This event is free and open to the public! Facebook Event HereArts Auditorium at University of Guelph, 113 McKinnon Building Refreshments served in advance of the talk Berlin- and Amsterdam-based curator, scholar, and artist meLê yamomo will be presenting this performance/lecture on decolonizing sound in conversation with Montreal-based scholar Teilhard Paradela. In his works as artist-scholar, meLê engages the topics of sonic migrations, queer aesthetics, and post/de-colonial acoustemologies. Musagetes, the ArtsEverywhere Festival,
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What lies in between theory and aesthetics? Situatedness and migration? Sounding and listening? Performing and perception? the Universal Self and the Colonial Other? What understandings transpire in imagining beyond social imaginations of racial, national, cultural, gender, or disciplinary borders and boundaries? What knowledges emerge through hearing? How can processes of soundings and listening transform us towards a postmigrant society? In this video performance lecture meLê yamomo resound their philosophy of sound and the sonus—migrating between continents, cultures, artistic practices, and academic disciplines.
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meLê yamomo lived in Lucena City, Los Baños, Metro Manila, Seoul, Bangkok, Warwick, and Munich, and now inhabits Amsterdam and Berlin researching, teaching, and creating performance/theatre and sound/music. He is Assistant Professor of Performances Studies, Sound Studies, Artistic Research and Decoloniality at the University of Amsterdam, the author of Sounding Modernities: Theatre and Music in Manila and the Asia Pacific, 1869-1946 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), and project leader and principal investigator of the projects »Sonic Entanglements« and Decolonizing Southeast Asian Sound Archives (DeCoSEAS). meLê is resident artist at Theater Ballhaus Naunynstrasse where his creations Echoing Europe, sonus, and Forces of Overtones are on repertoire. meLê also curates the Decolonial Frequences Festival and hosts the Sonic Entanglements podcast.
Teilhard Paradela took up Philippine Cinema, Literature, and Culture in the University of the Philippines. He completed his BFA degree in Creative Writing and Drama at the University of British Columbia and went to the University of Amsterdam and the University of Tampere for his MA degree in International Performance Research. He is currently writing his PhD dissertation on how the media during the Marcos regime in the Philippines imagined and constituted the masses as actors and spectators in both the political and the theatrical sense.