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Dialogues: A Musical Approach on US Election Day 2020

Video and podcast Future Justice: an inquiry into the way things are/were/should be

A Musical piece, born out of a desire between its three performers to better understand the current political landscape and the impacts of it: That is what Dialogues, performed by MA students Classical Music and Jazz&Pop in Zwolle, is.

You hear Skye Kinlaw (MA student Classical Music) on the violin, Haite Schootstra (MA student Jazz & Pop) on the saxophone and Román Sánchez Alonso (MA student Jazz & Pop) on the trombone. The three artists aim to share their impressions and feelings in an interdisciplinary way about the ongoing US Presidential election. All three come from different countries and backgrounds, and therefore understand the current political events from unique and different perspectives.

Embracing Irritation

They aim to use sound and the stage as tools to gain a deeper understanding of each other, as well as the consequences of avoiding that understanding. You will hear various clips from speeches of cultural commentary. These were purposely curated to act as a frame for each perspective and are not intended as a specific political stance or party criticism. You will also hear some sounds or effects that may irritate you; this is on purpose. The artists ask that you embrace those feelings of irritation as a part of the performance and help them frame your experience of the piece.

Examine your perspective

The artists hope you will use the performance to dig a little deeper and examine your own perspectives, as well as examining them with others, perhaps through the following questions: Is this really the only way to go forward? What is the importance and what are the consequences of committing to hear each other? Do we discuss to be proven right or be proven wrong; or do we listen to be taught something? So keep these questions in mind when listening to the piece.

About Future Justice

'Future Justice' is a programme that invites young artists, researchers and educators to help unpack the idea of a future that is based on justice. Out of deep concern for the world, which is marked by a climate crisis as well as a social and political crisis, ArtEZ studium generale commissioned the publication series 'Future Justice'.

It is a series of publications in which students and alumni of ArtEZ present their visions of the future. 'Future Justice' aims at unfolding alternative ideas of justice, which are informed by ideas of collectivity, care, restoration, non-violence and compassion. In doing so, the series takes a kaleidoscopic, hopeful and meaningful look at the future.

'Future Justice' is a programme commissioned by ArtEZ studium generale it is carried out by the ArtEZ Professorship Aesthetics & Cultures of Technology in cooperation with the ArtEZ Honours Programme.