Gender Relations In Darmstadt (GRID), Darmstadt Ferienkurse, Aug 3rd 2016

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Cathy Berberian (1925-1983)

Listen on Soundcloud: this panel presentation on Gender Relations In Darmstadt (GRID) took place at Darmstadt at the 48 Internationale Ferienkurse fur Neue Musik, on Aug 3rd. Participants included Ashley Fure, Jennifer Walshe, Electric Indigo, Anne Helde Neset, Georgina Born.

From the panel discussion summary:

When Ashley Fure — in the context of the historage-project — was invited to confront the vast collection of the IMD archive [Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt Archive] creatively, the most pressing question that came to her mind wasn’t what’s in the archive, but what isn’t. In the following she dealt with that question through the lens of gender. She gathered a simple set of metrics charting gender breakdowns of a few key areas: female/male ratios of compositions performed, lectures given, participants attended, and prizes won, each year of the festival. Joined by collaborators, including Georgina Born of Oxford University, Fure offers this harvested data now for the Darmstadt community to digest. Through a range of events, from round-table discussions to Open Space activities, she wants to spark critical reflection on the past, present, and speculative futures of the Darmstadt Summer Course.

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