Anonymity Performance in Electronic Pop Music

A Performance Ethnography of Critical Practices

Edited by Stefanie Kiwi Menrath

Transcript-Verlag

Anonymity Performance in Electronic Pop Music

Pub Date: May 2019

ISBN: 9783837642568

250 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $40.00

Anonymity Performance in Electronic Pop Music

A Performance Ethnography of Critical Practices

Edited by Stefanie Kiwi Menrath

Transcript-Verlag

In electronic music culture, anonymity practices have long been established as a method of critique of pop star cult and identification regimes. How can scholars research an antirepresentational music culture and what can they learn from it? Recently, electronic pop music has resorted to a performative play with identity involving fake or parafictive identities or collaborative persona imaginations. This study sketches two musico-artistic projects of anonymity performance as forms of immanent and particulate critical practice in the sense of Judith Butler and Michel Foucault. Adopting performance in a reflexive and performative writing style, this performance ethnography calls for a radical performative turn in the cultural studies of music.

About the Author

Stefanie Kiwi Menrath teaches arts and cultural education, pop music studies, ethnography, and qualitative research methods. Since she finished her bi-national PhD at Goldsmiths in London and the University of Oldenburg in Germany, she has worked in Berlin on the intersection of practice and research with a focus on transcultural and diversity education and arts and science collaborations. Between 2014 and 2017, she was a research fellow in cultural education at the Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences Berlin.