Sound Art in East and Southeast Asia. Historical and Political Considerations

New publication by Dimitri della Faille and Cedrik Fermont in the book “Sound Art” co-edited by Sanne Krogh Groth (Lund University, Sweden) and Holger Schulze (University of Copenhagen, Denmark).

The chapter entitled “Sound Art in East and Southeast Asia. Historical and Political Considerations” covers some historical trajectory of sound art in East Asia (Japan, China, Taiwan) and South East Asia (Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, etc.). The chapter puts the history of sound art in perspective with international relations durant the Cold War as well as the period of authoritarian regimes in the region.


A Sociological Understanding of Neoliberal Discourses of Development

In this article, the author calls for a sociological understanding of neoliberal discourses of development and underdevelopment. The author criticizes the idea that the utterance of discourse is different than other social practices and also warns against understanding discourses solely as acts of deception. Using a critical stance, the author shows how ideologies are giving shape to development projects and how social change is effectively conducted through acts of communication. The author proposes different ways to analyze various discourses of neoliberal development. Giving several examples from the literature, he shows how discourse analysts have examined many aspects of neoliberal discourses of development and social change. Amongst ways to understand discourses of development the author presents the following: studying ethnical and racial biases, examining discourses as storytelling, looking at their specific stylistic codes, understanding discourses as social interaction and how they produce concerted actions, seeing them as fluxes and containers of ideas, criticizing their justification of social hierarchy and their reinforcing of social domination. Also are presented elements of examining statistics, machines and artefacts as elements of neoliberal discourses. The author calls for more militant uses of discourse analysis. In conclusion, the author also raises some methodological, ethical and epistemological issues of the analysis of discourses.

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Talk at the College of Music – University of the Philippines Diliman

I will be giving a talk about our forthcoming book “Not your World Music – Noise Music in South East Asia” at the College of Music – University of the Philippines Diliman on Monday 15 of August 2016.


Dimitri della Faille on noise in South East Asia

15 August 2016 (Monday) | 10am | Abelardo Hall, UP College of Music

Dimitri della Faille, PhD, presents some of the research that went into “Not Your World Music: Noise in South East Asia (Art, Politics, Identity, Gender and Global Capitalism)”, the first major publication on noise, electroacoustic, industrial, experimental music and sound art in the ASEAN countries (including Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar/Burma, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam).

Written and edited by Cedrik Fermont and Dr. della Faille, the book includes historical, political and sociological essays, exclusive interviews with artists and organizers, as well as an extensive bibliography and discography. The book is also a manifesto against stereotypes and censure, especially when it comes to colonialism, ethnocentrism, male-centered perspectives and sexism. It aims to empower an independent, proud and strong scene. The book and its accompanying anthology CD will be officially released in early September 2016.

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