Thursday Lecture Series: Animation

Musicking at the Limit of the Human

Thursday, The Heyman Center

In this discussion, Professor Tomlinson examined how the deep, extraordinary history of musicking offers several heuristic opportunities of extra-musical reach. It traces the emergence of a semiosis, unique in some regards, that builds complex, systematic organization onto non-symbolic signification. In doing so, it suggests an approach to the human/non-human limit that minimizes language and consequently turns away from human exceptionalism to emphasize our participation in a broader animal community. This in turn opens a vista looking out from characteristic human capacities onto the broadest reaches of sign-making, information, and animateness.