REGENERATIVE FEEDBACK NOISE/HUMAN/SIGNAL: REZA NEGARESTANI, BRANDON COVINGTON / N-PROLENTA, NEHA SPELLFISH, DHANVEER BRAR, MELLE KROMHOUT, ALEXANDRA HEDAKO MASON, INIGO WILKINS
“The action of [the evolutionary] principle is exactly like that of the centrifugal governor of the steam engine, which checks and corrects any irregularities almost before they become evident; and in like manner no unbalanced deficiency in the animal kingdom can ever reach any conspicuous magnitude, because it would make itself felt at the very first step, by rendering existence difficult and extinction almost sure soon to follow.” — Alfred Russel Wallace
Saturday, May 26th, ISSUE is pleased to present the second evening of Regenerative Feedback: On Listening And Its Emancipatory Potential, a three day symposium of talks, presentations, discourse, and performances centered around biological, social, political and cognitive negotiations in music. Experimental in form, each evening of Regenerative Feedback explores various ethical dimensions, historical circumstances, and cultural resonances of musical artifacts through a series of individual presentations, a roundtable conversation guided by a moderator, interlocuting performances, and extended Q&As.
Taking the general heading NOISE/HUMAN/SIGNAL as a point of departure, the Saturday event features Iranian artist, writer and philosopher Reza Negarestani (returning to ISSUE after his 2012 presentation of “The Non-Trivial Goat and the Cliffs of the Universal” with Florian Hecker), as well as theorist Inigo Wilkins, returning after his presentation of “Xenopoetic Deviations” with TCF at ISSUE in 2017. Presentations also include musician and artist Brandon Covington (founder of multimedia performance project Black Hydra’s Discharge Springs Forth Errantly From Her Many Mouths), Dhanveer Brar (scholar of the aesthetics and politics of sound in black diasporic culture of the Global North), Melle Kromhout (scholar of intersections between musicology, sound studies, and media studies), and lecturer and member of techno-futurist collective ANON Alexandra Hedako Mason. The panel is moderated by Inigo Wilkins. In addition, the evening features interlocuting performances from Brandon Covington’s N-Prolenta project, and Neha Spellfish, a project of Oakland-based multidisciplinary sound artist Neha Chriss.
6-8pm: Presentations and Roundtable