This afternoon, hosted by music journalist Lisa Blanning, provides a platform for a few female and female-identified groups to not only present themselves to the public, but also to meet, exchange and cross-pollinate everyone’s work even further.
Following a short introduction by Lisa, the New Emergences initiative has invited inventor and sound artist Marije Baalman to join a panel alongside Mariette Groot, professional organiser and shop keeper of the only mobile store dedicated to experimental music and sound art in the Netherlands; together with Anne Wellmer, composer and performer of electronic music; and with the British musician and artist Semay Wu, who initiated the New Emergences lecture and discussion series in the spring of 2016.
By using safe spaces to collect perspectives, they examine the notion that women and men might approach technology differently. Through historical, social and cultural relations, the panelists will discuss recurring phenomena that includes how specific language and imagery might affect us - and our perception of each other - within the context of electronic music and sound art.
Presented by New Emergences, an initiative that serves as a platform to openly discuss issues regarding gender equality in electronic music and sound art. Within these fields, it focuses on the presence and absence of women alongside diversity issues present in the broader spectrum of under-represented voices. The New Emergences series, website and blog are set up by a group of volunteers who help organise related events.
Anne Wellmer is a composer performer of electronic music and a sound artist based in The Hague in The Netherlands. She studied Sonology at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague and composition at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Her work typically includes narrative or performative elements.
Semay Wu is a cellist, sound and performance artist who explores the space between gesture, image and musical language. She initiated the New Emergences lecture and discussion series in March 2016 and remains committed – with the rest of the team – to the continuation of the series.
Mariëtte Groot runs a mobile and on-line store called Underbelly, based in Rotterdam. Underbelly's collection of records, books, magazines, films and small musical instruments is curated with a focus on contemporary and historical avant-garde, experiment, do-it-yourself mentality and eccentricity.
Marije Baalman is an artist and researcher/developer working in the field of interactive sound art. Her work explores the sonic output of realtime interactions among performers and/or audiences.
Lisa Blanning is an American writer and editor on music, art and culture. She is a former editor at The Wire Magazine in London and Electronic Beats in Berlin—the city she currently operates out of. She is especially engaged in movements in contemporary electronic music and digital art and culture.