Online Guest Talk: Constructoras Sonoras: A Feminist Project to Decolonize Sounds Cultures, with Susan Campos-Fonseca & Rodrigo A. Carazo

Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation

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Nov 08

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

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The Musical Historical Archive of the School of Musical Arts of the University of Costa Rica develops the social action project entitled Constructoras Sonoras within the framework of the Bicentennial of the independence of Costa Rica (1821- 2021).

Presentation Summary

This project aims to question the white, western and patriarchal paradigm that prevails in the design of the sound identity of the nation. For this purpose, an investigation was carried out that would allow the identification of women from different ethnic and sexual communities, makers of diverse sound cultures, whose legacy documents a polyphony silenced by the hegemonic groups of Costa Rica. This project demonstrates how art is used to construct national mythologies, but also how it can confront and refute them. The narratives about independence must be thought not only at the level of the political project of the ruling classes, they must be thought from personal political actions. This project vindicates the individual struggles of women to build their own independence through artistic practices, building diverse sound stories, like themselves and their communities.


El Archivo Histórico Musical de la Escuela de artes musicales de la Universidad de Costa Rica desarrolla el proyecto de acción social titulado Constructoras Sonoras en el marco del Bicentenario de la independencia de Costa Rica (1821-2021). Este proyecto tiene como objetivo cuestionar el paradigma blanco, occidental y patriarcal que prima en el diseño de la identidad sonora de la nación. Con este propósito se realizó una investigación que permitiera identificar a mujeres de diferentes comunidades étnicas y sexuales, hacedoras de culturas sonoras diversas, cuyo legado documenta una polifonía silenciada por los grupos hegemónicos de Costa Rica. Este proyecto demuestra como el arte es utilizado para construir mitologías nacionales, pero también como puede confrontarlas y refutarlas. Las narrativas acerca de la independencia deben ser pensadas no solo a nivel del proyecto político de las clases dominantes, deben ser pensadas desde las acciones políticas personales. Este proyecto reivindica las luchas individuales de las mujeres por construir su propia independencia a través de las prácticas artísticas, construyendo historias sonoras diversas, como ellas mismas y sus comunidades.

Susan Campos-Fonseca

Susan Campos-Fonseca is a musicologist, composer, and writer. Campos-Fonseca holds a Ph.D. in music from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), Spain. Master in Spanish and Latin American Philosophy from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), and graduated in Conducting from the Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR). She is a composer and musicologist whose research focuses on philosophy of culture and technology, feminism, decolonial studies, electronic art and sound studies. Campos-Fonseca has received the 2002 University Council Award from Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR), the 2004 WASBE conductor scholarship (UK), the 2005 Carolina Foundation Scholarship (Spain), the 2007 “100 Latinos” Award (Spain), the Corda Foundation Award 2009 (New York), the 2012 Casa de las Americas Musicology Award (Cuba), and 2013, 2014 UCR Distinguished Scholar “Universitaria destacada” (Costa Rica). She serves on the advisory boards of Boletín de Música (Cuba), and has been a guest editor for Trans: Revista Transcultural de Música (Spain) and Ideas Sónicas (México). Her books include Herencias Cervantinas en la Música Vocal Iberoamericana, Poiésis de un Imaginario Cultural (for which she received the 2012 Casa de las Americas Musicology Award), and the co-edited volume Estudos de Género, Corpo e Música: Abordagens Metodológica, ANPPOM-Serie Pesquisa em Música no Brasil, Vol. 3. She currently coordinates a project on arts, sciences, and technologies at UCR, where she is a professor of Music History and Transdisciplinary Research.

Rodrigo A. Carazo

Ambassador Rodrigo A. Carazo is the Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the United Nations in New York (2018-2022). He serves as a university professor in Costa Rica and in the United States and the University of Peace and is a Member of the Board of the public Distance University in Costa Rica. Ambassador Carazo holds a Law Degree from the University of Costa Rica and a similar degree in Economic and Social Sciences from the University of Costa Rica, a PhD in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Geneva- Switzerland and has completed further studies in History and International Law.

Ambassador Carazo has been a liberal professional since 1971 in the fields of Economy, Law and International Relations. He has also served as a consultant for International Organizations (Governmental, Intergovernmental, Non-Governmental) as well as for private entities. He has 48 years of experience as a businessman in commercial, industrial, tourist, agricultural and service sectors. Ambassador Carazo was the first Ombudsman of Costa Rica (1993-1997) and served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly (2002-2006).


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The vision of Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation is to generate a movement with committed social artivists in response to historic global unrest. Artivism aims to generate community through multi-disciplinary teamwork for a more dignified and meaningful coexistence, however you define these terms. The goal of this initiative is to nurture confidence in taking continuous action from wherever you are by means of reciprocity.

Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation is a collaboration between Adelphi University; Gottesman Libraries, Teachers Colege, Columbia University; and Sing for Hope.

Artivism: The Power of Art Social Transformation, grew out of Illuminations of Social Imagination: Learning From Maxine Greene, (Dio Press, 2019), edited by Teachers College alumni Courtney Weida and Carolina Cambronero-Varela, and Dolapo Adeniji-Neill, of Adelphi University. "The concept for this book is inspired by the late Maxine Greene (2000), who described her enduring philosophical focus and legacy of social imagination as “the capacity to invent visions of what should be and what might be in our deficient society, on the streets where we live, in our schools” (p. 5). The purpose of this volume is to examine and illuminate the roles of community organizers and educators who are changing lives through public art and community arts projects. This research originally emerged from a well-attended 2018 conference presentation and exhibition at Teachers College, Columbia University, engaging with the local and international community of arts education and arts administration."

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