Episode Three: Julietta Singh
Keywords:loss, pain, mess, disaster, haunting, non-linearity, process, resistance, dreams, cicadas
This episode draws on two different recordings of conversations between Rajni Shah and Julietta Singh, in which they discover and recognise common ground in their lived and embodied experiences while learning to let go of expectations about how the recording process itself might unfold. The structure of this episode is non-linear, inviting the listener on a disorienting and dreamy listening adventure.
The episode consists of three parts. First, there is an opening section in which Rajni and Julietta talk about loss, haunting, and mess, reflecting back on their original conversation, which was lost. This is followed by a series of dreamings: glimpses of the (restored) original conversation, enveloped in a thick soundscape of cicadas, neighbourhood sounds, and cello. In the third and final section, we return to the opening conversation, and hear Rajni and Julietta thinking through what it means to move into a heightened sense of the unknown.
In the accompanying offering to this episode, Julietta shares a reading from her new book, The Breaks.
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Singh, Julietta. 2018. Unthinking Mastery: Dehumanism and Decolonial Entanglements. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. https://doi.org/10.1215/9780822372363
Singh, Julietta. 2021. The Breaks. Minneapolis and London: Coffee House Press and Daunt Books.
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