Glissando #43 – Diversity. Curating
Sounds Now is thrilled to have collaborated with Glissando magazine on their latest issue, focusing on diversity and curating in music and sound. Monika Żyła, a researcher for the Sounds Now project, served as a managing editor, creating a space for reflection concerning some of the recent curatorial practices in music and sound. The issue became a platform for sharing, negotiating, and promoting new curatorial voices, perspectives, ideas, and solutions.
The #43 issue of Glissando magazine gives a voice to people from all around the globe to share their experience on curating and diversity. Bringing up various perspectives, they show the ways in which curatorial practice can contribute to a more equal and fairer redistribution of resources, knowledge(s), and experiences and how it can help to sensitize for social, cultural, and environmental issues and expand our sense of empathy and justice towards marginal, unusual, or unorthodox practices and bring unexpected collaborations to the fore.
The issue is divided into four larger thematic clusters: Proximities, Tensions, Encounters and Care, consisting of the variety of articles that respond to and interact with one another.
The articles gathered in the first part, Proximities, consider curating from a situated perspective, and in relationship to space. In Tensions, the articles expose, trace and analyze larger forces and mechanisms that contribute to systemic erasures, enable active forgetting and even order the destruction of cultural knowledge and identities. Encounters gathers invaluable perspectives from various intercultural interactions and collaborations. The last section, Care, offers a consequent closure, harking back to the etymology of curating understood as care.
Sounds Now is proud to count alumni of the Curating Diversity courses held in Athens and Helsinki among the contributors to this edition.