Tonality in music is a combination of major and minor scores/notes that simultaneously engage with friction and harmony. Those scores/notes allude to a structure and organization that temporally builds sonic and sensorial coherence while sustaining an openness to improvisation. How can a musical terminology of tonality help us think of the multi-faceted nature of contemporary political movements? Can we perceive the enormous range of voices, bodies, and gatherings today as tonalities of future political horizons? What distinctions and solidarities can one establish amidst the cacophony of civil wars, xenophobia, majoritarian fundamentalism and consequent practices of dissent and resistance today?
Emerging at a time when dissent and resistance are necessary sites of action for many communities, Tonalities of Dissent conceptualizes different motions (exhibitions, performance gatherings, library interventions, slogans, and interviews) that engage with the discursive effects recent social movements in Delhi, Istanbul, Cape Town, Sao Paulo, and elsewhere have on contemporary culture and its institutions.