In early March 2021, our research team (with a project in Vietnam, led by Stefan Östersjö) has an online presentation for the 18th Urban Culture Forum in Thailand. It is an annual event organized by the Urban Research Plaza, a collaboration between major public universities in Osaka (Japan) and Bangkok (Thailand), and held this year at Chulalongkorn University, a distinguished institution that I visited in Bangkok several years ago. The Urban Research Plaza also publishes the Journal of Urban Culture Research, for which I have offered some peer reviews as an external referee.
Our research team will discuss the changing role of music in urban spaces, including how musical practices are impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Below is the abstract of our presentation for this event:
Authors - Stefan Östersjö, Nguyễn Thanh Thủy, David G. Hebert, and Henrik Frisk
Title - Studio Saigon: Telematic performance and recording technologies in light of the Covid-19 pandemic
As the Covid-19 pandemic
continues to affect individual musicians, ensembles and concert institutions,
streaming technology has become a central vehicle through which musicians and
audiences can meet. This paper discusses how networked performance, a format
which has engaged artists for decades as an artform in its own right, may
contribute to the sustaining of cultural heritage among migrant/minority
communities as well as to the development of innovative intercultural artistic
practices. Building on the experience of our group, The Six Tones, we wish to
develop a more robust understanding of the possibilities, and the limitations,
that networked technology affords. The central source of our own work is drawn
from Musical Transformations, an ongoing project which studies the intersection
between traditional and experimental music in globalized society.