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Thursday, April 20 • 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Noise in the Screen

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Although music videos and late night talk shows no longer have the seemingly universal reach that they did on television only decades ago, both mediums persist and now circulate on the internet. The presenters on this panel explore the visualization of protest within hip-hop and indie pop culture in both a U.S and transnational context. They look at how the mediums of music video, live performance, and fashion in their internet circulation possess the potential to comment on and even intervene in current events, particularly in the wake of increased media coverage of Black death since Trayvon Martin’s murder in 2012 and racism and xenophobia at large during the coverage for the 2016 presidential election. The panelists specifically investigate where sound interrupts and intervenes, making declarations in addition to—or in the absence of—spoken commentary or lyrical enunciations. From digital synthesizers’ and drum machines’ vibrations to an unremarked Jay-Z track to late-night talk show walkovers, the presenters affirm that sound refuses to let artists and audience members forget the histories of suffering (and subsequent creativity) that visual and spoken news commentary so often wants to deaden.

Christine Capetola, “‘Cry and Burst My Deafness’: Blood Orange, Affective Bass Lines, and Viscerally Reconnecting with the 1980s”
Alyxandra Vesey, “Dragging with The Roots - The Walkover and the Limits of Dissent on Late-Night Television”
Meenasarani Linde Murugan, “SomewhereInAmerica: Sounding Brown Atlantics through Hijabi Fashionistas”


Michaelangelo Matos

Twitter | | Michaelangelo Matos is the author of The Underground Is Massive: How Electronic Dance Music Conquered America (Dey Street), Rolling Stone’s number-two music book of 2015, and the Off the Record columnist for Thump. He’s currently at work on a book on the pop landscape of 1984. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota... Read More →

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Christine Capetola

Christine Capetola is a PhD candidate in the Department of American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and holds a M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University. Her doctoral research investigates how sound, affect, and vibration work as mediators for racial, gendered, and sexual identity, particularly in the case of artists who utilized the musical technologies of synthesizers and drum machines in the mid-1980s. Christine also writes about contemporary music on her blog Sound and Queery... Read More →

Meenasarani Linde Murugan

Meenasarani Linde Murugan is an Assistant Professor of Screen Studies at Fordham University in the Department of Communication and Media Studies. Her manuscript, Gender and Race in Postwar Variety Television: Colorful Performance is under contract at Routledge and will be part of a new Gender, Media, and Sexuality series, edited by Mary Kearney. Her research interests include television, gender, race, media historiography, transnationalism, and fashion... Read More →
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Alyxandra Vesey

Alyxandra Vesey is a visiting assistant professor in Communication Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the College of Wooster. Next fall, she will be joining the University of Alabama as an assistant professor in Journalism and Creative Media. Her research focuses on the intersection between gender, music culture, and media industries. She is currently working on a manuscript about the identity politics surrounding... Read More →

Thursday April 20, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Demo Lab MoPOP, 325 5th Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109