SIEF2021 15th Congress

Helsinki, Finland
19-24 June 2021

Breaking the rules? Power, participation, transgression

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Convenors: Anna Lisa Ramella (University of Cologne), Roger Norum (University of Oulu)

Audio/Visual Programme Selection Committee: Peter Crawford (University of Tromsø), Tom Dubois (University of Wisconsin Madison), Lotta Petronella (Independent filmmaker), Itsushi Kawase (National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka), Steffen Köhn (Freie Universität Berlin), Andy Lawrence (University of Manchester and, Fabian Lüke (University of Cologne), Moira Marklewitz (University of Cologne), Martin Saxer (Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich), Anna-Céline Schäfer (University of Cologne), Theo Zerries (University of Cologne)

SESSION: Showing the Invisible

Wednesday 23 June
Roundtable discussion on this topic: 14:00-15:45

Anticolonial Quotations

2019/20 | 56’ | Guinea-Bissau
Rui Vilela

While the former fighters enunciate memories of a past struggle that set an end to five centuries of Portuguese colonial oppression, performative quotations interrogate about the contemporaneity of voicing anticolonial critique. Archival and embodied anticolonial memories are part of a globalised community and they can be evoked and upheld. The work focus on the acoustic experience as capable of producing meaning and affect. What are the odds that sounding and listening may nowadays be comprehended as forms of resistance, hence of political agency? The realisation of artworks, more so of those which call upon collaborations, allows for concrete negotiations of affects. What happens when a contemporary repertoire informed by anticolonial critique takes up the white cube, what sorts of perspectives upon its musics, voices and sounds are possible? The work intends to activate a discussion on politics of sound by means of a re-enunciation of anticolonial memories. Furthermore, the proposed attention to anticolonial critique is not to be understood as a concomitant alternative to postcolonialism and decoloniality but to call for an analysis of the relation it maintains with these studies, one that may be compared to the reading of texts written in the manner of a palimpsest.

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