MUTOR Lecture Series – Politics, Identity, and Representation in Multimedia

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


In this talk composer John MacCallum and choreographer Teoma Naccarato interweave questions related to politics, identity, and representation in multimedia performance. The basic premise of the talk is that representation does not exist, and yet illusions of causality and interaction between bodies, movement, and media persist and have very real effects in the world, thus warranting deep consideration on an aesthetic and ethical level. Drawing on feminist and process philosophies, they probe shifting distributions of agency and intelligibility within and between differentiated “things” – gestures, sounds, bodies, identities, disciplines. Moving fluidly between examples from dance, music, interaction design, machine learning and artificial intelligence, they foreground concerns related to inscribed bias and systemic inequality in the design and use of technologies in art and life, as well as the ways in which mediums of representation are always already entangled within situated understandings of what it means to be human.

This talk was presented as part of an online lecture series on the History and Practice of Multimedia, hosted by the Hamburg Open Online University (HOOU), and is part of the Music Technology Online Repository (MUTOR).
Period30 Jun 2021
Held atHochschule für Musik und Theater (HfMT) Hamburg, Germany, Hamburg