Contexts of/as resistance

Norman, Sally-Jane (2013) Contexts of/as resistance. Contemporary Music Review, 32 (2-3). pp. 275-288. ISSN 0749-4467

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Resistance as a state or activity entwines discrete entities or forces in a given context (contexere, to weave together). Something or someone resists something or someone, making this with-standing (re-sistere) essentially relational or agential. Live performance gives this play of agency a dramatic frame and focus, involving resources ranging from "raw" re-appropriated materials to sophisticated information technology type artefacts. These resources support interactions of human and non-human agency, and mix physical and virtual materials which generate different kinds of resistance and behavioural response. This paper looks at different contextual framings of resistance that arise in live performance, using generic instrumental and gestural taxonomies from cognitive science and ergonomics to set notions of "resistant materials" in a broader transdisciplinary perspective. Emphasis is on the kinds of context sensitivity at work when materials are creatively (re-) appropriated, the role of art being to resist and scramble classificatory systems governing conventional notions of agency.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: catachresis, syncretism, de-familiarisation and repurposing, epistemic action, gestural taxonomies, creative redistributions of agency
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Subjects: M Music. Literature on music. Musical instruction and study
Depositing User: Sarah Maddox
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2013 09:24
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2013 12:56
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