[spectre] Trans & Noise # 2 - June 9th 2019 in The Hague

anne wellmer wellmer at xs4all.nl
Sun May 26 17:39:26 CEST 2019

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"bang, blast, boom, buzz, chaos, clap, clatter, crack, crash, din, dirt, erupt, friction, fuss, howl, hubbub, protest, pop, racket, riot, roar, scandal, scream, squawk, smash, splash, static, thump, thwack, wallop, wham.."

New Emergences presents:  Trans & Noise # 2    
  An investigation into noise and the blurring of gender and identity boundaries      
  Keynote, panel discussion and performance    
  Sunday, 9th of June, 20:30 (doors open @ 20:00)
  iii Workspace WD4X, Willem Dreespark 312, 2531 SX Den Haag, Nederland

Keynote speaker: Vymethoxy Redspiders
Panel guests: PussyVision, Roel Meelkop, Vymethoxy Redspiders
Moderator: Lieke Hettinga
Performance: PussyVision

“Noise” brings together a poetic concoction of strong onomatopoeia, of words describing sounds, disruptions and confusion. It belongs to myriad connotations playing to the plurality of simultaneous and synchronous happenings. Noise is a transgressive phenomenon, a cathartic embodiment. It is an evocation of a trance-like motion that lets us reach out, crossing borders within and outside of ourselves. Being embedded in the filaments of our inner expression, noise outwardly projects and defines our inner protest, challenging assumptions and prejudices, questioning our identities, our boundaries, our limitations. It is in this conflux around noise, especially in the contexts of generating ‘noisy’ sound, that New Emergences are curious to explore more. In pushing through boundaries and limitations, how does noise relate to identity, and how does it help to define who you are?

Vymethoxy Redspiders is based in Leeds, UK, and is known to many as one half of extreme noise-rock duo Guttersnipe. As a solo artist she often combines musical explorations with her self-written poetry. Her music challenges the idea that cranking out loud, harsh noise and being freaky and ugly on stage is a male privilege. She has a Masters in cognitive psychology and is interested in psychoacoustics, emotion, identity and the intersection between those topics. Her talk will put forward the idea that the mission of truly experimental music is the same as the mission of current radical (trans)feminism.

PussyVision is a genderqueer performance artist, installation artist and electronic music producer based in Northampton, Massachusetts, USA. Her performances engage with the inherent relationship between normalized gender performance and violence. PussyVision examines the self reduction that occurs when performing normalized masculinity and femininity, the romanticization of violence against women, and the violence that she has experienced as a direct result of these dynamics. Combining harsh electronics, avant-beats, and haunting vocals, built live using loop pedals and analogue synths she creates textural and rhythmic soundscapes. Her recent work explores ways that horror, fantasy and science-fiction can be used to redefine past traumas and reimagine healthy communities. Listen to PussyVision's "Body Is A Diatribe" here.

Roel Meelkop studied visual arts and art theory at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. His musical activities date back to the early eighties when he started the electro-acoustic group THU20. The purchase of a sampler and later a computer offered him infinitely more control and freedom. Since then he has worked steadily on a body of work. Meelkop has also played in electronic music groups Kapotte Muziek and GOEM, with Frans de Waard. De Waard is still a close collaborator and their duo Wieman combines all their musical interests, from noise to classic, from pop to avantgarde, from improv to composed. Other activities include site-specific sound installations, performance pieces, and, recently, healing sound sessions. Check his impressive discography here

Lieke Hettinga is PhD candidate at both the Central European University and Utrecht University. Lieke’s research responds to the fast-paced changes in the cultural visibility of transgender issues across neoliberal Western-European and North-American contexts in the last two decades. It examines the ways in which artists and activists visualize, represent and/or enact non-normative embodiments, more specifically looking at the intersection of trans and disability visual politics and poetics of the body.
Lieke has a BA in Liberal Arts with a focus on Cultural Studies from Maastricht University, and a research MA in Cultural Analysis from the University of Amsterdam. Their research interests include intersectional feminist theories of the body, transgender studies, disability studies, visual culture studies, performance studies, and queer theory.
This PhD research is part of the “Intellectual and Activist Cultures of Equality” work package of the GRACE Project, which can be found here.

New Emergences invites you to participate.....
We welcome your personal views, stories and questions so bring it on for our discussion.  

Doors open at 20:00 and the programme starts 20:30.      
Entrance fee: pay what you can between 5 and 10 euro.
The iii workspace WD4X is located @ Willem Dreespark 312, 2531 SX Den Haag

Trans & Noise #2 is presented by New Emergences in collaboration with iii and WD4X and with the support of Stroom Den Haag, Gemeente Den Haag and Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie.

....please excuse any cross-postings.....

. anne wellmer  |||  anne AT newemergences.com \\\  +31612152454 

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