Stephanie Misa: Filipinos, Cannibalism, and Mothers Dancing on Tongues
A Conversation about Artistic Research & Process
Thursday, July 16, 12:30-1:30pm
Discussion will take place online using Zoom
How are new, time-based works created? What resources, methods, and approaches does an artist use to generate, reflect upon, and develop work that draws from interdisciplinary sources and inspirations? How does the work emerge and take shape? Where does it go? Join us for a discussion about artistic research and artistic process with Stephanie Misa.
Misa is developing a new performative lecture, “Filipinos, Cannibalism, and Mothers Dancing on Tongues,” which explores first languages (the “mother tongue”), her own included, and the complication this notion implies in contexts where the mother tongue is a purely spoken language outside of institutional (read-write) frameworks. In this piece, Misa questions power hierarchies implicit in institutionalized languages by putting forward oralities from the margin and their alternative forms of expression whose agency live in embodied forms of articulation. She argues that the embodiment of an orality, its containment in a colonized, disenfranchised, diasporic body, is exactly what gives it power. Orality is a way to access an intersectionality, one that ruptures the idea of bound cultures, and instead proposes that culture—by extension, language—is in perpetual flux, one that’s marked by creative becomings, but to do this we have to break down and re-digest what constitutes a “mother tongue”— to imbibe, expel, replenish, take shape—and sing, sing in a tongue blessed by many mothers.
Please RSVP by July 14 for Zoom login information: [email protected]
Participants are encouraged to watch the first iteration of Misa’s piece ahead of time, as well as review several resources related to her artistic research. Links, attachments, and Zoom meeting information will be sent to participants.