Carnegie Mellon University

Center for the Arts in Society

Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences and College of Fine Arts


Body Doubles Symposium

Body Doubles is a 3-day symposium exploring sound practices that use the human body as an interface to sense, perceive, and create new artistic expressions.

The gathering aims to create a space where conversations and experiences intersect body, senses, sound practices, gender, and technology and find grounds to converge to disrupt conventional ways of sound perception. By juxtaposing different aesthetics and practices in one public forum, the symposium offers an opportunity to examine how music can be understood and embodied beyond an encultured, Eurocentric listening habit, thus making sound practices more accessible to all.

Invited Guests

Alexandria Smith

Assistant Professor
Georgia Institute of Technology

Amy Cimini

Professor in Musicology
University of California San Diego

Wojtek Blecharz

Berlin, Germany

Molly Joyce

Molly Joyce - photo by Shervin Lainez
Virginia, USA

Symposium Schedule

February 22, 2024

Artist Conversation 1 - Body, Technology, Identity, and Sensing
Alexandria Smith & Molly Joyce, with Amy Cimini
5:00pm, IDeATe Media Lab (Hunt Library HLA10A)

Performances by Alexandria Smith and Molly Joyce
7:30pm, Kresge Theater, CFA
Carnegie Mellon University (free event)

February 23, 2024

Artist Conversation 2 - Finding Transcendence
Wojtek Blecharz with Amy Cimini
6:00pm, Frank Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry
CFA 111, Carnegie Mellon University

Performance by Wojtek Blecharz, Body Opera
8:00pm, WQED Studio A
Free event, ticket reservation required.

February 24, 2024

Performances by Wojtek Blecharz, Body Opera
5:00pm, WQED Studio A
Free event, ticket reservation required.

Body Doubles is a project of the CAS Borderlines Initiative; this symposium is also co-sponsored by the CMU School of Music, IDeAte, and the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry.