I can’t think of an initial inspiration, inspire is to breathe and I was born with a questioning, fuzul, mind. I’ve always asked a lot of questions and when it comes to relaying the information I collect, my aesthetic tends more toward a fragmented visual, narrative, sound-scape form that might be as easily defined as art as it is science. Even when as an anthropology doctoral student, I was trying to do straight ethnography my mentors recognized what I was doing as some sort of artistic practice, so it’s more of an innate predilection than a choice. But when it comes to choosing what to do with the information I collect I choose always a more “artistic” output, because that’s the kind I’m more receptive to as a consumer…I’d rather read a novel, look at a painting, watch a play than read an academic article. I wholeheartedly believe we need to examine life, to collect data and learn, to understand deeply where we are and what is at stake – to see reality and understand it, but then we also have the responsibility to create, to change, to make our own, hopefully better reality.
Text and Audio Contribution by Roxanne Varzi
Some forms of movement such as music enact transitions from one state of being into another space. An audience member’s state of being changes as they watch another person’s state of being change onstage. This movement represents how shifting perceptions can instigate action. The outcome creates a new composition of actions – moving from the body to the visual and then to the aural. A person does not have to analyze scores of music to understand it, because popular music evokes memories of the past and encourages the body to move and the mind to imagine.
Speech, or more specifically the sound of a person’s voice, may serve as a momentary rupture in events related to a narrative as we can perceive a different sense of order. The act of listening can contribute to re-imagining a narrative. Storytelling expresses and enacts culture and promotes cultural discourse with illocutionary force-the function that an utterance performs or the effect it achieves in being said. Culture is therefore heard in a performance of prescribed sound patterns and musical compositions; sound is a performative instrument of cultural discourses where musical scales, patterns and processes inscribe the location of cultures. As Judith Butler recognized with gender, these cultural performatives are ‘resignified’ through fluid, subjective encounter and re-encounter.