News

Uncategorized

Viewing posts from the Uncategorized category

Videos from “Nusazit” in “Visione Unica”

June 9, 2019

The I-DEA project space, a project of Matera European Capital of Culture 2019, will host Visione Unica. Cultures of Environmental Manipulation, an installation curated by Studio Formafantasma. Visione Unica is an installation which combines video projections on multiple screens ten and a small selection of vernacular objects. Among the projections, videos from the documentary DVD included in Nusazit by Nicola Scaldaferri will be displayed. Nusazit are pyrotechnic puppets typical of the feast of the Madonna della Stella in S. Constantino Albanese (PZ).
The inauguration will start at 6pm in Cava Paradiso, Contrada La Palomba, Matera (MT). The exhibition will last until September 15.

More (Official website)

Flyer

Roundtable in Matera for “When the Trees Resound”

May 25, 2019

As part of the sound installation When the Trees Resound, the I-DEA project space, will host a roundtable dedicated to the Maggio of Accettura. Speakers include: American sound anthropologist Steven Feld, ethnomusicologist Nicola Scaldaferri, anthropologist Serena Facci, anthropologist Ferdinando Mirizzi, researcher and historian Don Beppe Filardi and the mayor of Accettura Alfonso Vespe. I-DEA Associate Curator, Chiara Siravo will moderate the discussion. Bassa Musica bands and spontaneous musicians, led by Alberico Larato, will perform live music throughout the event.
The roundtable will start at 5pm in Cava Paradiso, Contrada La Palomba, Matera (MT).

More (official website)

 

“When the Trees Resound” for Matera 2019

May 11-25, 2019

The I-DEA project space, a project of Matera European Capital of Culture 2019, is hosting an installation in Cava Paradiso dedicated to the Maggio of Accettura. The soundscape composition by Steven Feld occupies the core of an immersive space, designed to enhance the listening experience. Simultaneously, two monitors at the entrance project a series of photographs by Stefano Vaja and Lorenzo Ferrarini of the Maggio. This installation, a project by Nicola Scaldaferri, brings Feld’s soundscape composition in an exhibition space for the first time, as part of a prestigious context where archival materials from Basilicata are brought to life in innovative and interactive ways.

More (official website)

More (from sassilive.it  – IT only)

Performing the ḥrig

May 2, 2019

As part of the course in Anthropology of Music, prof. Alessandra Ciucci (Columbia University, New York) will hold a lecture on performative features in Moroccan rural music and migration. The lecture will take place at the Department of Cultural Heritage and Environment, University of Milan (via Noto 8, aula K32), at 16:30.

Poster

 

Alessandra Ciucci is Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at Columbia University. She received her PhD in music (ethnomusicology) from The City University of New York at The Graduate Center. Her research interests include: the music of Morocco, North Africa, the Mediterranean, music and gender, sung poetry, popular music of the Arab world, and music and migration. Her articles appear in Ethnomusicology, The Yearbook for Traditional Music, The International Journal of Middle East Studies, Mondi Migranti, Cahiers de musiques traditionnelles, in the Sage Encyclopedia of Ethnomusicology, and in several edited volumes. Ciucci has been a recipient of a Fulbright foreign scholarship grant (Morocco), a fellowship from the Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women, and a grant from the American Institute for Maghrib Studies Grant. Dr. Ciucci was a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Music Department at Columbia 2008-10. From 2010-2014 she was a Full-time Lecturer in Music at Northeastern University, Boston MA.

The Craft of an Affective Space

March 19, 2019

As part of the course in Anthropology of Music, Giulia Accornero (Harvard University) will hold a lecture on the effects of certain audio-visual stimuli as perceived and shaped both by the web community and by the academic discourse. The lecture will take place at the Department of Cultural Heritage and Environment, University of Milan (via Noto 8, aula K32), at 16:30.

Abstract

Search for “ASMR” on Google Videos right now and you will get an astonishing forty million results; check again a minute from now, and you may get even more. ASMR, or Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, labels the effect that a certain category of audio-visual stimuli produces on their listeners: a “pleasurable, tingly sensation that begins in the head and scalp and moves throughout the limbs of the body, causing them to relax” (Young, 2015.)
An international, internet-based community meets and grows mainly around You Tube videos whose audio-visual content is designed to trigger the ASMR. But Wikipedia pages, websites, blogs, Facebook groups, podcasts, and iPhone applications also proliferate, sustaining a community that is not only ‘consuming’ but also inquiring, giving feedback, learning, and promoting. They provide us with what I would call a ‘vernacular theory’ of its peculiar sounds.
At the same time, the ASMR community has triggered an academic response, particularly in neuropsychology. The focus of this field on the mind-body effects that audio-visual stimuli can elicit ultimately narrows down a complex phenomenon to an automatic bodily response.
In this paper I focus primarily on the community and the academic response, concentrating on their agency in shaping this phenomenon. I ask: is ASMR a truly new feeling? How can the discourse and vocabulary around a certain sensation determines it? How has the online content given rise to a particular ASMR aesthetic that is now characteristic of a certain sonic quality? How do the visual and auditory components work together to determine how we hear?
I argue that we cannot fully account for the affective space crafted around the ASMR, as both a bodily sensation and sonic quality—and how the two might interact, unless we reconsider how the community “vernacular theories” work with academic discourse to inform the ways in which we hear and feel sound.

 

Born in 1987, Giulia Accornero graduated in Economics (BA, Università “L. Bocconi”, Milano, 2010),  Musicology (BA, Conservatorio “G. Verdi”, Milano, 2013), and Discipline Storiche Critiche e Analitiche della Musica (MA, Conservatorio “G. Verdi”, Milano 2016). She is a doctoral candidate in Music Theory at Harvard University. Her dissertation situates the developments in measured music witnessed in Italy and France in the late Middle Ages within the broader history of mathematics. Her secondary research area focuses on the technology and aesthetics of sound amplification in ASMR and Contemporary Music. Her articles are published by Pisa University Press (forthcoming), Edizioni ETS and Edizioni del Teatro alla Scala. In 2014 she founded Sound of Wander, a contemporary music season in Milan. In 2018 she founded the GEM Lab, a workshop in which Harvard GSAS students meet regularly to sing and study early musical notations.