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FSP@PPG: Hostile Sounds

February 2nd, 2017
12:00 PM


Thursday, February 2, 2017

12:00-1:00 pm

Power Plant Gallery

320 Blackwell St.
American Tobacco Campus
Durham, NC 27701

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Light lunch served beginning at 11:45

Event is free and open to the public.

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In conjunction with the current Power Plant Gallery exhibit, Soundings: Protest|Politics|Dissent, we'll have a discussion about the subversive, creative, disruptive, unifying power of sound. Panelists include Christopher DeLaurenti, whose work is represented in the exhibition, and local activists and artists Tina Haver Currin, Jess Dilday, and Rodrigo Dorfman.

This program is the third in a regular series of public discussions co-sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics and the Power Plant Gallery. The Power Plant Gallery is an initiative of the Center for Documentary Studies and the Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University.

Tina Haver Currin

Tina Haver Currin has used her combined skills in writing and advertising—as well as a generally irreverent attitude—to launch several campaigns for social justice. Saturday Chores, which started in 2013 as a way to lampoon so-called “pro-life sidewalk counselors,” went viral and inspired similar efforts across the world by using humor as a way to change protest rhetoric. It earned attention in Cosmopolitan, USA Today, Elle, and more, and was named one of 2014’s “best moments for women” by The Huffington Post. More recently, the Air Horn Orchestra—a motley crew that met outside of the North Carolina Governor’s Mansion to make actual noise about the state’s regressive politics—has earned international attention, with mention in The New York Times, The Guardian, and BBC. The seven-month-long protest culminated in a Guinness World Record attempt for Most Air Horns Sounded Simultaneously, which was achieved on November 2, 2016. Meanwhile, Tina’s organization, North Carolina Needs You, also launched in response to HB 2, has helped turn potential boycotts by the likes of Mumford & Sons, Duran Duran, and the Dave Matthews Band into benefits for progressive causes and vulnerable communities in North Carolina. Tina’s mission is to share the idea that existing systems of political protest are outdated—and strategies for how we must update them in order to have an impact.

Christopher DeLaurenti

Christopher DeLaurenti follows his microphones into unusual confluences of sound, silence, music, and speech, including political protests, tunnels, digital audio forensics, and orchestra intermissions. His albums include N30: Live at the WTO Protest November 30, 1999 (American Archive, 2000), Favorite Intermissions (GD Stereo, 2007), Fair Use Music 1993-2013 (Alterity 101, 2013), and To the Cooling Tower, Satsop (GD Stereo, 2015). Presentations of his work include Radio National (Australia, 2015), Goldsmiths (London, 2014), Third Practice Festival (Richmond, 2013), and the Whitney Biennial (New York, 2012). He is Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. Much of his work is free and online at

Jess Dilday

Jess Dilday, also known as PlayPlay, is a music scholar, DJ, producer, writer, and activist interested in the history and development of protest music, creating safe(r) spaces for people to escape through music, and the ways that media sources control the narrative on activism. DJ'ing alongside performers such as Big Freedia, TT the Artist and Abdu Ali, as well as DJ'ing at rallies, PlayPlay has intimately witnessed the radical ways in which music can be used as a form of resistance. Jess has previously served as editor for the International Association for the Study of Popular Music website (, and currently teaches a class on the Art and Culture of the DJ through the Department of Music at UNC-Chapel Hill. As a scholar, Jess has presented research at past conferences on topics such as media portrayal of protestors at national conventions, José Muñoz’s disidentification and “queer rap," and creating queer spaces through NOLA bounce music & performance. As a club music producer, PlayPlay has seen a trend in sampling hostile sounds as resistance & is currently inspired by club music that makes those who are not oppressed feel uncomfortable.


Rodrigo Dorfman

Lover of Revolutionary Consciousness, Border Hopper and Human Hyphen, born in Santiago, Chile, Rodrigo Dorfman is constantly whirling between the identities that bind all the different places, people, languages and cultures he has worn since he left Chile in 1973. Rodrigo sets his gaze from within that wondrous space between exile, migration, hybridity and mysticism. Rodrigo Dorfman is an award-winning filmmaker, ethnographer, and multimedia journalist living in Durham, North Carolina. He has worked with POV, HBO, Salma Hayek's Ventanazul and the BBC among others.  His films have been screened at some of the top international film festivals in the world (Toronto, Full Frame, Edinburgh, Telluride, Human Rights Watch).  With his father, he has won best screenplay award from the Writer's Guild of Great Britain for "Prisoners in Time" (1997). His short, "One Night in Kernersville", won Jury Award for best short at Full Frame (2011). His latest work, "NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South", a national touring museum exhibit  based on his documentary work, will be on display at the Birmingham Cvil Rights Museum. He is the editor and cinematographer of the documentary "Always in Season" about the impact of lynching on four different communities and is currently working on his latest documentary, "This Taco Truck Kills Facists".