S1E6 | Oceans

S1E6 | Oceans

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Co-hosts: Joy Calico and Lutz Koepnick

For this episode musicologist Joy Calico joins Lutz Koepnick as co-host to discuss contemporary projects dedicated to the planet’s oceans in distress. We speak with Juliana Snapper and her collaborator Andrew Infanti about their unique opera,You Who Will Emerge from the Flood. A soprano who combines radical vocal techniques and improvisation, Snapper’s underwater performances not only push the operatic medium to its extreme limits but ask tough questions about the role of music and art in face of our planetary crises. We also hear from media scholar and ocean humanist Melody Jue about what she calls our terrestrial bias and how we can change our relation to the planet’s troubled oceans—and the environment in general—if we assumed the perspective of a scuba diver.

Please visit Juliana Snapper’s website for more information about her many groundbreaking projects and performances.

A brief video showing some of the initial performances of You Who Will Emerge from the Flood can be found here.

For more information about Melody Jue and her inspiring book Wild Blue Media: Thinking Through Seawater (Duke University Press, 2020) please follow this link.

Also mentioned in this episode:

Sun & Sea (Marina), an opera-performance by by filmmaker and director Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, writer Vaiva Grainytė and artist and composer Lina Lapelytė.

Jacques Costeau’s film The Silent World (1956)

TBA21 Academy: Ocean Space, founded by Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza.

John Akomfrah: Vertigo Sea (2015)

Damien Hirst: Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable (2017).

Rahmin Bahrani’s short film Plastic Bag (2009), featuring the voice of Werner Herzog.

Max Liboiron: Pollution is Colonialism (Duke University Press, 2021)