Sound Sediments and MusickingThings of Color – Johannes Ismaiel-Wendt

Friday, March 31st 2017 – 16:00-17:00  

Linking Popular Music, Media, Science and Technology and Postcolonial Studies, Johannes Ismaiel-Wendt seeks to explore the culturalization and racialization of sound and audio technology. He will present loose samples to examine how audio workstations, microphones, drum machines or narratives on the origins of Electronic Dance Music can be heard and read in the contested contexts of representation. He also tries to show / make audible that ‘MusickingThings’ should be understood as epistemological systems of their own ‑ they de-tune cultural clichés and destroy imagined (musical) geographies.

Johannes Salim Ismaiel-Wendt studied Kulturwissenschaft (Cultural Anthropology and Cultural Studies), Sociology and Musicology at University Bremen, Germany. His PhD thesis is entitled tracks’n’treks. Popular Music and Postcolonial Analysis. Between 2010 and 2012 he was academic advisor at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin where he worked on two projects: Global Prayers and Translating HipHop.
Johannes Ismaiel-Wendt teaches and gives soundlectures on aesthetics and sociology of Funk, electronic dance music and transcultural music studies. He is professor for musicology at Stiftung Universität Hildesheim, Germany. Recent publication (10/2016): post_PRESETS. Kultur, Wissen und MusikmachDinge.