Not Peaceable and Quiet (2018)
Josh Rios, Anthony Romero & Matt Joynt

The title of Not Peaceable and Quiet is taken from the 1855 California Vagran­cy Act, a so called race-neutral piece of legislation that attempted to frame Mexican Americans (a relatively new identity in the mid-nineteenth century) as loiters and idlers, as not peaceable and quite per­sons. This research-based performance examines normalized associations be­tween criminality and sound, with special attention given to notions of silencing as a form of social control and voicing as a form or social resistance. How does noise come to be defined? Under what conditions are certain definitions of noise mobilized to maintain authority over marginalized communities? As an investigation into the politics of sound, Not Peaceable and Quiet contests institutionalized epistemol­ogies by placing academic scholarship on sound in proximity to experimental noise performance, redefining what kinds of auditory experiences are understood as acceptable and what kinds are understood as antagonistic, especially in the struggle over political, economic, and social equity. 

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Not Peaceable and Quiet at The National Music Centre, M:ST 9 Biennial.
Images by Mike Tan