Daniel Sander

Daniel Sander holds a BA in studio art from Reed College and MAs in Arts Politics and Performance Studies from NYU. His transdisciplinary creative and academic work concerns the philosophy of desire, the psychopathology of deviance, libidinal materialism, and queer nihilism, and has been exhibited, published, and performed internationally. He is currently a doctoral student in performance studies, NYU.



"Girl. Reverb. Notes on Queer Tactics of Sonorous Difference"

In this paper, I propose that one form in which to listen to difference is reverberation, which necessarily relies on its constituents, echo and decay. Difference via reverberation refers not only to subsequent differences of identity, but also to primarily the difference made by a force when it affirms itself. This is precisely what an echo is — a sound wave intersecting itself. I pursue reverberation in at least three ways — 1. as a sonic quality that will be evidenced in the musical examples I proffer for listening during the paper 2. as a genealogical quality that will be evidenced between musical examples 3. (and this, most saliently, relates to the broader theme of ‘Sounds of the City’) as a practice that allows for the intersection of feminist and queer identities and communities. Specifically, this paper listens to three reverberations (differences) of Foreigner's 1984 power ballad 'I Want to Know What Love Is' — as it appears in the 1998 movie 'Show Me Love' and, subsequently, as it is re-vocalized in songs by the bands Julie Ruin and Mi Ami. In these versions, the song moves and resonates through a series of spaces associated with the city — roadsides, tiny apartment closets, and dance floors.