Activity: Involvement in Research-related Events › Organizing Conference
This panel focuses on the voice—its politics, technologies, and soundings in popular culture—to foreground the paradoxes of labour, gender, genre, and cultural identity gathered under the rubric of the Philippine. Eschewing notional definitions of the Philippine voice as vacuous mimic par excellence, we instead proceed from the premise of the Philippine as a spatialised genre of vocality: one activated not so much by a exoticised stylisation of otherness, authenticity, or authorship, but by a particular relational and social aesthetic (Born et al., 2018) of sonorous affect that crosses over, transposes, and transforms putatively oppositional spaces of discourse and value through practices of live and filmed performance, genre- and gender-bending, high/low art crossover, and imitation and improvisation. We each offer insights from our respective research into key instances and figures from Philippine popular song, film, and culture, before converging in a moderated discussion to closely attend to synchronous as well as divergent lines of inquiry. To open an acoustic space of collective thinking, the panel discussion will be followed by a Listening Workshop where participants volunteer instances of vocal recording that resonate, echo, or counterpoint the panel’s provocations.