Conversations Without Walls: Samita Sinha & Cecilia Vicuña
October 21, 2020
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A PDF transcript of the conversation is linked here.
This Conversation was recorded on October 2, 2020 and first broadcasted on YouTube Live on Saturday, October 10, 2020.
This Conversation Without Walls (CWW) features artist and composer, Samita Sinha, and poet, artist, filmmaker, and activist, Cecilia Vicuña. These longtime friends engage in an improvised and energetic
exchange pulling from centuries-old traditions and their decades-long practices of improvisation, sound, song, ritual, and poetics. At times playful, at times wracked with grief, Sinha and Vicuña communicate through their own artistic mediums with utterances, gestures, language, and sonic vibrations at a time when words have often failed us.
Included in this CWW
- Alice Coltrane, (also known as Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda) American jazz pianist, organist, harpist, singer, composer, and swamini. (1937 – 2007)
- John Coltrane, American jazz saxophonist and composer (1926 – 1967)
- Eric Dolphy, American jazz alto saxophonist, bass, clarinetist, and flautist (1928-1964)
- Lucy Lippard, American writer, art critic, activist, and curator
- Claudio Mercado, Chilean anthropologist, writer and filmmaker
- Okwui Okpokwasili, Brooklyn-based writer, performer, and choreographer
- María RostworowskiTovar de Diez Canseco, Historian of Peruvian Ancient Cultures and the Inca Empire (1915-2016)
Texts and Forms
- Lippard, Lucy. “Spinning the Common Thread,” in de Zegher, M. Catherine (ed.) The Precarious: The Art and Poetry of Cecilia Vicuña. Hanover, NH: Wesleyan UP, 1997. 7-15
- Hindustani North Indian Classical Music
- Bandish – A melodic composition in Hindustani classical music, in Hindi bandish means, “Binding together”
- Rigveda – An ancient Indian collection of Vedic Sanskrit hymns
- Aconcagua, Argentina (Mountain in Argentina)
- Concón, Chile (Coastal city in Chile)
Cón and Kaun(a)
(As defined by the artists)
- Cón – (language unknown but older than Quechua) A creator deity, associated to the Paracas (800 BCE – 100 BCE) and Nasca culture (100 BCE – 800 CE). Stands for water and chaos, regarded as female by contemporary indigenous fishermen in Concón, Chile
- Kaun(a) – (Hindi) Fragment of a Hindustani bandish
- Cecilia Vicuña, Thread Mansion, one woman exhibition at The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 2002
- Explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, August 4, 2020
- Okwui Okpokwasili & Samita Sinha, A Shared Evening (Cancelled due to Pandemic), March 2020
- “Miracle Babies,” Earthquake in Mexico, 1985