Sounds Now keynote
On September 25, 2020 the European music festivals network Sounds Now held an online symposium. The subject at hand was “Curating Diversity in Europe – Decolonizing Contemporary”.
The symposium was opened by a keynote from Du Yun (Professor of Composition at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, and distinguished visiting professor at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, free curator, USA). The keynote is called “The Multiplicity of our Bloodlines” and can be rewatched below.
Primarily, Sounds Now partners are concerned with the way in which curation (within the new music and sound art world, but also more broadly) reproduces the same patterns of power and exclusion that are dominant at all levels of our societies, all the more so because in our work we are all attempting to promote progressive agendas.
Sounds Now is consequently about actively stimulating diversity within our professional field and thus opening up the capacity and possibility for different experiences, conditions and perspectives to be defining forces in shaping the sonic art that reaches audiences today. The project includes a range of actions including labs for curators from outside the new music world, mentorship programs run by curators, composers and experts, productions involving artists who are concerned with issues of diversity, symposia and research.