Echoes of a Distance Conference Poster McGill Colloquium This Weekend: Livestream “Echoes of a Distance” Nov. 19-20

The International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI) at McGill University invites you to an event (papers and performances, live and livestreamed) on the ways the relations between sound, music and politics have been affected by the confinements. You can tune in to the livestream via the IICSI Facebook page through this link, or, if you are in Montreal, you are welcome to attend the events in-person—just email [email protected] to reserve your spot. You can view the full schedule of events on our website.

“Echoes of a Distance” asks: how can sound and music participate in protest without access to the streets and spaces of collective music creation? How does a collective sound when there is no actual gathering possible? Alternatively, when social movements take to the streets or occupy a territory despite public health regulations – as has happened on many occasions around the globe since the beginning of the pandemic (Black Lives Matter, Wet’suwet’en resistance, Belarus, Poland, Chile, Myanmar, The Netherlands, to mention only few) – what has changed on a sonic level? How can sound and music testify to the ways our current isolation has affected our capacity to collectively organize? And in this context, what can sound-based practices grounded in improvisation bring to the ongoing social and political struggles?

We will have the pleasure to welcome Dont Rhine, co-founder of the international sound art and social intervention collective Ultra-red, as keynote speaker.

We acknowledge that this event will be held on an unceded territory which is used as a place of encounter and exchange between many First Nations, including the Kanien’kehá:ka, Huron/Wendat, Abenaki and Anishinabeeg.

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