31 August & 1 September, 2023
“Following last year’s symposium on musical retrofuturism, this online symposium widens our focus to encompass contemporary ‘nostalgiacore’ in music and audiovisual media. We use this term to refer to an aesthetic emerging from the archival, escapist, and remediating capacities of the internet. We are interested not only in memory, but also the intersections of media and imagination—the ways in which nostalgia and desire can be cultivated for an era that was not experienced directly.
How and why were these nostalgic reverberations triggered around the globe? What do these aesthetics signify and/or achieve in a world of socio-political and ecological crisis? What is the relationship between nostalgia and utopianism? What impact has the pandemic had on the experience of time? In what ways do these aesthetics spill out beyond the digital? And what might all this have to do with what Shoshana Zuboff has called ‘surveillance capitalism’?”
more information: https://musicalretrofuturism.wordpress.com/