Complex Issues: Triangle of Resistance
Miya Masaoka, Sound Arts, in conversation with Tom Kalin, Film
Thursday, February 23, 2017, 1pm
The LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Dodge Hall
MFA Sound Arts Director Miya Masaoka discusses the album Triangle of Resistance, critically acclaimed by the Wall Street Journal for its “deeply expressive hybrid style,” including its musical and sound structures, timbres, and the creative process derived from the experience of incarceration of her family during WWII in the Japanese-American Internment camps.
“My mother, Helen Sachi Masaoka, has a painful story…Living in San Leandro, California, she said the U.S. government tacked paper posters of Executive Order 9066 on street lamps informing Japanese Americans living in California that they were about to be interned. She was in Junior High School, and excelled in French and violin, and she was standing there reading the wheat-pasted poster. A passerby shouted at her, ‘Read it good, Jap!’ She was about to be taken from her home, pulled from school, and go to a prison camp for four years.”
This conversation with Tom Kalin, Film, explores political hysteria, otherness, and how the trauma of these experiences were translated into sound.
Complex Issues explores difference, visibility, and representation through recent work by faculty of Columbia University and Columbia University School of the Arts in particular. On a monthly basis, conversations invite challenging questions of racial, ethnic, gender, economic, sexual, religious, and cultural complexity, and how they are articulated across discipline and genre today.