[-empyre-] Week 4: Feminism Confronts Audio Technology - Day 1

Asha Tamirisa ashatamirisa at gmail.com
Tue Jun 24 02:22:35 EST 2014

Dear Renate and Tim,

Thanks so much! I’m honored to be included in this month’s discussion along
with such an incredible group of artists and scholars: Rachel, Monisola,
Caroline, and Lyn.

I will begin the discussion this evening with a post on my own research on
modular interfaces, and the ways in which their design and use expresses
particular ideas of power, freedom, connection, and subjectivity. My hope,
though, is that this week’s discussion will expand into larger issues of
feminist approaches of audio technology, audio culture, history, pedagogy,
and feminist spaces, drawing inspiration from the incredible work done by
scholars like Tara Rodgers, Harraway, Judy Wajcman, Anne Basalmo, and Wendy
Chun. I will keep tabs on all resources and ideas and summarize them into a
bibliography/list at the end.

To preface, here are some topics I hope to touch on in this week:

Audiotechnical Design
* Rhetorical weight in technological design
* How can technological design not just make things “better” but
“different” in ways that provoke social change?

Audiotechnical Language:
* What does the language imply? Who does it exclude?

Feminist Spaces
* Intersectionality: Why haven’t most feminist electronic music spaces
addressed race and broader issues of gender diversity? What are some
examples of structures that have?
* Fetishizing/categorizing women in electronic music
* Male allyship

* Why is there resistance to incorporating gender and race into the study
of this field? Is that changing?
* Moving beyond tokenism: How can the study of gender and race not be an
appendage to the field, but a true part of its study?
* Making balanced / diverse syllabi
* Changing use of gendered/racialized language

History / Archives
* Radical archives / Integrating feminist archives into “mainstream”
electronic music history
* Linkages between militaristic technological development and audio
* Complicating the relationship electronic music history to

Very much looking forward to seeing what this network brings to the fore!
All best,

- Asha Tamirisa <http://cargocollective.com/ashatamirisa>
ashatamirisa at gmail.com
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