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Sound, Power and Culture

December 2023

Building on our Conversations on Sound and Power feature organized with Sonic Insurgency Research Group (SIRG), we are pleased to announce the fourth iteration of “Sound, Power and Culture,” a winter study group on sound and power organized by SIRG member Josh Rios with special co-facilitator Johann Diedrick.

“Sound, Power and Culture” is an autonomous 4-week reading and discussion group that examines the relationship between sound, power, and culture through readings, informed conversations, and resource explorations. As with the first three iterations, “Sound, Power, and Culture” covers a very selective slice of specific readings, resources, and discussion that put Sound Studies in relation to colonial histories and various power dynamics. Social practices, cultures, and artists from social groups that have been historically marginalized within a Western framework will be centered.

Dates: Saturdays, January 06, 13, 20, 27 (2024)
Time: 1:00PM – 3:00PM CST
Participant Limit: 20-25
Pricing: sliding scale $10-40+
Please see the REGISTRATION FORM for more information. [Please note this study group is now full.]

Josh Rios is faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he teaches courses in social theory and research-based practice. As a media artist, writer, and educator his projects deal with the histories, presents, and futurities of Latinx and Chicanx subjects and transnational resistance to globalization and neocolonialism.

Johann Diedrick (he/him) is an artist and engineer who makes listening rooms for encountering new sonic possibilities. He surfaces resonant histories of past interactions inscribed in material and embedded in space, peeling back vibratory layers to reveal hidden memories and untold stories. He shares his tools and techniques through listening tours, workshops, and open-source hardware/software.

“Sound, Power and Culture” has been organized with support from MARCH and GLASS (Great Lakes Association of Sound Studies).