Sounding Expanded Affinities – A Polytemporal Approach to Reconceptualizing Egalitarian Relations
Andrea Ray
Location: Red room

Andrea’s doctoral project, Sounding Expanded Affinities extracts a methodology of non-linear time from her sound installation practice that she term, “polytemporality” to examine how folds in time might contribute to our understanding of the systems of stratification circulating through normative relationships, and then asks how this alternate register might help to reconceptualize interpersonal relations. Experimenting with the delimitations of time, subjectivity, and sociality, the project culls feminist critiques of marriage, questions the egalitarian potential of non-monogamies (like free love, polyamory, and relationship anarchy) and proposes the term expanded affinities as having the social and political potential to contribute to a disruption and reorganization of patriarchal holdovers. Sounding Expanded Affinities includes three installations, a body of creative writing, and a theoretical text. The project develops and tests a methodology of non-linear time to surpass the limitations of the everyday, using the registers of the personal, political, and theoretical together.

Exhibited in the White Room is Re-Cast LIVE ON-AIR—a component of her doctoral project, Sounding Expanded Affinities. ReCast LIVE ON AIR is produced from a sense of longing to be free from the here and now. The specters from the past, present, and future are summoned to confer and to release us from the immediate constraints of society, law, and culture in order to make way for a utopian future.

Read more about Andrea Ray’s work visiting her homepage or reading the BOMB Magazine!

Event dates
26 January, 10:00