New Emergences is an initiative that serves as a platform to openly discuss issues regarding gender equality in electronic music and sound art. Within these fields, it focuses on the presence and absence of women, alongside LGBTQ+ communities and diversity issues within the broader spectrum of under-represented voices.
The New Emergences lecture and discussion series provides a Safe Space for professionals – and for the public – to share their experiences, tell their stories and to discuss a wide range of perspectives, opinions and theories: male and female stereotypes are questioned and strategies to achieve Change are discussed.
The New Emergences series, website and blog are set up by a group of volunteers who help organize the events. Documentation is recorded and transcribed, of the lectures and discussions, for archiving purposes; and summaries will be published on the New Emergences blog, encouraging an ongoing discussion alongside events.
The New Emergences team has set itself the goal to raise awareness in the field, toto support under-represented voices in developing a language of their own, and to present themselves with a confidence within a field that is still largely dominated by their white male colleagues.
New Emergences supports a Safe Space. Through the exchanging of our experiences, we wish to nurture a genuine curiosity where dialogue can emerge and exchanges are encouraged. We understand that political and cultural views surround us, and can throw up collisions, therefore the notion of the Safe Space is important. Where we can, we will try to moderate in a way that people feel able to question themselves, the panel and the audience, on taboo topics, in order for this to become a functional reality in our cultural discourse.
By collecting perspectives, we initiate Change, not by demanding Change, but by creating space for people to listen to each other.