What: Multispecies Intra-Actions: A Round Table Discussion accompanies the Audible Observatories Exhibition, followed by a performance by Karin Bolender
When: Discussion Saturday, November 17, 10:45am–12pm & performance at 2pm
Where: 934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th)
How Much: Free admission
Karen Barad coined the term “intra-action” to get beyond the metaphysics of individualism underpinning conventional understandings of “interactions.” Intra-actions involve the mutual constitution of entangled agencies (Barad 1996). Things, or objects, are ontologically inseparable in Barad’s work—they do not precede their interaction, but rather, these agents emerge through particular intra-actions. Donna Haraway recently brought Barad’s insights from the realm of physics to the domains of ecology, ethology, and multispecies ethnography. “Responsibility is a relationship crafted in intra-action,” writes Haraway, “through which entities, subjects and objects, come into being.”
This round table will bring Barad into conversation with a diverse panel of multispecies ethnographers, primatologists, and artists. Audience members are invited to join the conversation. The discussions will orbit around texts written by participants.
At 2pm, Karin Bolender will perform “Gut Sounds Lullaby” with experimental musician Melanie Moser (a.k.a. Melt the Master) and Fireball. The image above, courtesy of Bolender, comes from a 2006 sound project called Signal-to-Pink Transmissions for the Wave Farm Radio Festival in Acra, New York, where recordings (site-specific musical improvisation and ambient sound) from the “Can We Sleep in Your Barn Tonight?” MYSTERY TOUR of that June were broadcast from a goat named Pink, along with a walkie-talkie transmitter that simultaneously broadcast Pink’s real-time sounds over the local airwaves.
The performance at SOMArts will feature the scheduled appearance of Fireball, a miniature golden palomino party pony. Moser will perform live improvisation based on the “Gut Sounds Lullaby” score, a remix of a gnarly old lullaby known as “All the Pretty Little Horses” layered with live and recorded equine gut sounds. The mix will be broadcast by various wired and wireless technologies through the Bolender belly interface to the present human prenate and will be available for intimate listening through headphones for visitors. More information here: http://ruralalchemy.wordpress.
About Audible Observatories
Ethnographic Terminalia is a curatorial collective that hosts an annual exhibition of international artists and researchers working at the intersection of art and anthropology. In November 2012, the Ethnographic Terminalia Curatorial Collective welcomes visitors to the Audible Observatories exhibition. This year’s show is organized in collaboration with Thor Anderson and is scheduled to coincide with the 111th annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association (AAA).