Voice: Reflections on Expressive Insurgency (Ana Deumert)
Through an analysis of the concept of voice, I explore excess and abundance in signification as transcending normativity, as ‘moving normativity’ aside. Semiotic excess is different from contestation or resistance; rather it articulates a politics of insurgency. Semiotic excess is integral to voice as an embodied sonic phenomenon and encourages us to develop new perspectives on agency (and our perception thereof) through paying attention to sonic sensibilities. In exploring these themes, I focus on one particular voice: the voice of Aretha Franklin.