my name is Bartira and I'm an artist, a creative researcher and educator born in Brazil and now based in Italy. Throughout my life I have developed my practice by exchanging with people and self-teaching.
As a black female identified professional I find very important to occupy the spaces of academia with ideas that reflect a discourse that counterpoints the dominant European notions of technology and digital cultures.
In the world of sound arts and technology very little of black scholarship is seen in academic seettings such congresses, conferences and symposiums and it is with that in mind that I would like to ask for your help.
A paper I wrote has been selected to be presented at a one of kind conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil which could renew interest in my research and academic work as well as receiving appreciation from a more specialised crowd. Moreover, the paper in question discusses sound marks from a small town in the northeast of Brazil affected by a process of fast technological change while still retaining its countryside settings and cultural traditions, of which I've chosen to speak about the 'espadas' a kind of firework that bounces around identity hallmark and illegality to reflect on how the sound of it can provide with sonic tools appropriate to understand harsh noise as a unique force that challenges pop music and sonic culture as a whole.
I genuinely consider this paper to be of great relevance to the sound arts/musicology community as well as putting the small town a grew up in into the map of current sound arts debate. One that does not only consider scholarship and research subjects breeding from large metropolitan centers but extending its interest to locations otherwise marginalized by the cultural industry and academic community.
But as a 'third class citizen' struggling in Europe and with prolonged denial of access to citizenship, I sometimes find myself isolated and in serious state hardship to maintain the bridges to places; my research and current scholarship; and updating my practice in tune with current production.
This conference like many others does not cover any cost or expenses pushing inadvertently or not those with less resources out of the picture.
I humbly ask for your help to support my travel costs to Brazil so as to continue to build my agency as a black female artist and researcher as well as through the article to be presented put a poor, black and brown small community of the Northeast of Brazil on the map of digital culture and arts.