“Unintelligible: Noise Against Capture”
APRIL 20-21, 2018 | University of California, Santa Cruz
This conference seeks to cultivate an interdisciplinary understanding of the field of Sound Studies by taking up the ubiquitous sonic trope of noise, considering its counter-productive character and how it can be a tactic for critique against the capture of individuals and communities of resistance. We will look at how “Others” are produced by noise, asking: can we understand these subjects that destabilize normativity to be a kind of noise? Can noise understood as negation (“disruptive,” “illegible,” “unintelligible”) still be productive and resistant? How do we slow the impulse to turn noise into a metaphor and highlight its material role in neighborhoods, institutions, and culture?