- Talk Show
Territory Disrupt: Cultural Imperialism – Music, sound and language as tools of resistance.
Territory Disrupt was a two-day event that combined discussions and music sessions examining cultural imperialism and artistic production in times of war: on identity, sound, and language as tools of resistance.
The concept was sparked by Russia’s war of aggression on Ukraine – which must be seen through a Russian imperialist lens, and which cannot be seen in isolation of other political events and wars that continuously impact our societies in the past years.
There is a great need on the historical level to offset disinformation, to reframe which voices and narratives are heard, and to reposition ourselves in terms of mutual solidarity against deep-rooted systemic problems that foster ideologies of hegemony, war, and totalitarianism. With their power to overcome social, cultural, and linguistic boundaries, music and sound have always been at the heart of social unrest. Those who aspire for hegemony often try to dominate localized sonic, linguistic, and cultural scenes to control the narrative. At the same time, music and language have been key in popular resistance to all forms of state-sponsored terrorism.
Complementing performances, artists joined researchers, scholars, and activists in three thematic discussions focused on the war in Ukraine in a wider context of Russian imperialism, artistic production in times of war, and how music and sound can resist cultural imperialism. Through combined performances and discussions, Territory Disrupt calls for a deeper understanding of modes of imperialism, and the urgency to resist its various forms, within the experimental music community.
In this first of three conversations, moderator Diana Abbani spoke with musicians Bint Mbareh, Khyam Allami, and Pisitakun.
Recorded 25 November 2022 at SOMA Art Space in Berlin.
A panel transcript is available at: https://territorydisrupt.org/media