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Title: Towards an alternative history of Electronic Music: Latin American Women Composers, 1888 -1980
Authors: Sepúlveda, Gabriela Aceves
Keywords: Latin America
Electronic Music
Experimental Art
Feminism
Sound Studies
Media Arts
Art History
Post Colonial
Issue Date: 18-Oct-2017
Abstract: This paper addresses a critical gap in the global histories of media arts by investigating the life and work of four Latin American female composers whose career paths traversed major global networks of music and experimental art production during the 20th Century. It seeks to unpack how female artists born or working in the region of Latin America have been double excluded from these histories due to the patriarchal configurations of the art milieu as well as the ambivalent position that the region occupies as neither entirely western nor fully modern. Focusing on the contributions of Carmen Barradas (Uruguay, 1888-1963), Alicia Urreta (Mexico, 1930-1986), Jacqueline Nova (Belgium, 1935 – Colombia, 1975), and Beatriz Ferreyra (Argentina, 1937) in the fields of graphic musical notation, concrete music, aleatory and other electronic music techniques, I propose an alternative narrative of the interconnected histories of music, experimental art and technology that positions a genealogy of self-defined women composers as a central foci. Through and interdisciplinary, transnational, and feminist lens, I reassess their contributions and interrogate the cultural, social, material, and disciplinary structures that have hindered the recognition of female avant-garde composers more broadly.
Description: Biography: Gabriela Aceves Sepúlveda is assistant professor in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University where she directs c|MAS, a media arts research studio, and teaches visual communication, video production, and media history. She holds a B.A. in Graphic Design from La Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, Mexico, an M.F.A. in Visual Arts from York University in Toronto and an M.A. in Art History and a Ph.D. in History from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. As both an interdisciplinary media artist and historian, her research focuses on Latin American feminist media and contemporary art and design history and practice. Her multimedia installations have been shown in venues across Mexico and Canada and most recently in Paris at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme as part of the 5th Computer Art Congress. She is currently working on a monograph on the histories of feminist media in 1970s Mexico. Her articles have been published in Platform: Journal of Media and Communication and Artelogie: Recherches sur les arts, le patrimoine et la littérature de l'Amérique latine. www.criticalmediartstudio.com / http://www.gabrielaaceves.com
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10002/857
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