Sound in Opposition

Tracing the legacy of indigenous trans and queer history in her work and life, Elysia Crampton will discuss music as a means of communication and how it has allowed for survival and preservation amidst oppressive hegemonic power structures.

Crampton will give examples of how her own work has connected to the always-fluctuating interrelation between sound and its place in oral history. In the process, she will uncover a more complex notion of being – one that reveals the inherent violence involved in the formation of a sovereign self.

From this historical perspective, Crampton will contemplate how different forms of communication within and around sound – from its tactility as a signal to its function as a market and media commodity – can articulate notions of being that are, and have always been, in opposition to the state.