Amalle Dublon and Aliza Shvarts
Frequency and the Feminine: Drone, Flow, Vibrators a presentation by Amalle Dublon and Aliza Shvarts Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 7pm In conjunction with September 27th – December 1st: Yve Laris Cohen and Park McArthur Girls never end and that’s their beauty; shoot one down and one even younger pops up in her place. —Laurie Weeks “Debbie’s Barium Swallow” in The New Fuck You: Adventures in Lesbian Reading, 145 The inside as an operation of the outside: […] as if the ship were a folding of the sea. —Gilles Deleuze, Foucault, 97 Recent scholarship has posited vibration as the being of matter, both the ground (or more precisely, the quake) from which it emerges and the motion which constitutes its excess. In other words, vibration is the term by way of which matter is movement and vice versa, an ontology that irresolves the relationship between figure and ground. We propose that frequency—a rate of periodic recurrence, the speed or slowness of which, in the field of sound, determines audibility—encompasses the iterated time of rhythm and the continuous durational drone of vibration. Following Leopoldina Fortunati, we understand the feminine as the reassuring guarantee (within capitalism) of an unlimited supply of “undifferentiated” time and reproductive capacity. Yet we acknowledge that the figure of infinitely renewable reproduction is also imagined as an abjected threat, and that the monstrosity of the feminine inheres in its uncontrolled reproduction.