Kia ora tātou,
You are warmly invited to Laura Marsh’s Confirmation of Candidature PhD presentation:
Thursday 9 August
This project fuses feminist activism and a DJ practice to generate an installation and participatory art practice aimed at corporeal sonic experiences. I convene activist events, often using sound weighted in low-end frequencies, in environments that I have designed for shared listening. In the context of a bass infused sonic environment, this project will investigate the potential of the sonic body, described by Paul Jasen as the “contingent, imaginative body that emerges in it’s sonorous relations.”
To enable activation of sonic bodies in regular events, I have designed a large, bass heavy sound system called ninthWavesound. She will be a sound system built, owned and operated by womxn. This research is positioned in the context of a feminist new materialism where bodies are understood to be animated by environmental and sonic entanglements. ninthWavesound is an influential ‘being’ in herself, with her own agency and ‘thing power.’ By creating an affective field around herself that draws people together, ninthWavesound will be a harbinger of new affinities and resonances for a community of “oddkin”, to follow Donna Haraway, (oddkin are “kinship relations that are translateral, proliferating, and multispecies, rather than genealogical and anthropocentric.”) The generative space created around ninthWavesound will emphasise the intra-influential nature of oddkin, intertwining human and (Jane Bennett’s) “more-than-human” bodies, technologies, feminist subjectivities and resonant materialities.
ninthWavesound will offer opportunities for participation in sound events, such as DJ club nights and amplified immersive sound sessions. These events are experimental feminist acts of empowerment that aim to enhance participants’ well-being through vibrational affect and empleasurement. The affective scope of these research events are extended through a feminist approach to event promotion and invitation, in an art practice of mimetical subversion of patriarchal structures within the music industry.