What does TRANSnational STS sound like?
STS scholar and DJ Alexandra Lippman will help open the Sydney conference with performances at both the Presidential Plenary and opening reception. Inspired by the practices of Mexican sonideros (DJs), Lippman will share and reflect on the baile (dance) as a transnational space of experimentation with technology, voice, and memory. During performances, sonideros mix songs and talk on the microphone to recite fans’ saludos(greetings) to absent family and homelands. Performances produce auditory archives of memory, migration, and longing across borders. Working in the tradition of cumbia sonidera, Lippman will share Mexican reinterpretations of dance music from Colombia’s Northwest. She’ll also draw from her own field recordings, interviews, pirate compilations, and vinyl records to produce an expressly migrant and transnational mode of sonic communication. Lippman has a PhD in Anthropology from the University of California Irvine and recently completed postdocs at the Universities of California Davis and UCLA, continuing her research on alternative and open intellectual property practices. Lippman founded the Sound Ethnography Project, produced and curated ¡Un Saludo! Mexican Soundsystem Cumbia in LA, (a compilation of border-crossing music), and DJs as Xandão in the Dutty Artz collective and as co-founder of Discos Rolas.
See Lippman’s work written about in the The New York Times, LA Weekly, and The FADER.