Wednesday, September 10, 2014 – Wednesday, October 1, 2014
An Exhibition of Bard Studio Arts Faculty and Staff
Exhibition On View Through October 1, 2014
Exhibitors Include: Dharman Abdullah, Wilder Alison, Laura Battle, Ken Buhler, Adriane Colburn, Nicholas Chiarella, Daniella Dooling, Ellen Driscoll, Kye Ehrlich, Kenji Fujita, Jeffrey Gibson, Max Goldfarb, Melody Goodwin, Arthur Gibbons, Roman Hrab, Medrie MacPhee, Lothar Osterburg, Judy Pfaff, Alyse Ronayne, Lisa Sanditz, Joe Santore, Marko Shuhan, Charlie Smith, Rob Swainston, Julianne Swartz, Hap Tivey, Kyle Zynda
Fisher Studio Arts Building, Galleries Sponsored by: Studio Arts Program.
Whitehead’s Process, Music’s Reality: Sound and Affect after the Ontological Turn
Ryan Dohoney Assistant Professor of Musicology, Northwestern University
Thursday, October 9, 2014
In this talk I query the recent turn to ontology in anthropology and in the humanities more broadly. I investigate how both sound and affect figure in this ontological turn and how conceptions of both have been grounded in the thought of Gilles Deleuze. While Deleuze and others have drawn upon Alfred North Whitehead to conceptualize affect and its political promise, I argue that Whitehead has been misread and that he offers a more compositional way of thinking sound and affect through his philosophy. While Deleuze and his interlocutors find affect politically valuable precisely to the degree to which it exceeds subjectivity and engenders processes of “deterritorialization,” I argue that Whitehead offers a way to think of emotion as that which holds us together in fragile yet necessary bonds, with musical experience serving as a primary example of such collectivity.
Turkish Rumeli songs with Dolunay: This workshop will focus on Turkish songs from the Rumeli (Balkan) region. Each song we learn will include a short makam theory lesson to help in the understanding of the tonalities used. Sheet music will be provided for each song. We will focus on understanding how each melody works and look especially at the nuances that make each melody unique.
The Brooklyn, NY based trio Dolunay (Turkish for “full moon”) draws upon songs from the Turkish people living across Rumeli, the former region of the Ottoman Balkans. Dolunay’s sound is intense yet intimate and colored with eastern blues, producing a sound that is at once earthy and celestial. Inspired to engage with the diverse, historically rich and lesser-known repertoires of Rumeli, Dolunay enriches these sounds with their personal interpretations.
Jenny Luna - vocals and percussion Adam Good - ud, tambura Eylem Basaldi - violin