What Now? 2015: The Politics of Listening
Saturday, April 25, 2015, 2–6pm.
66 Fifth Avenue, New York City — Free admission.
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In a world in which the production and reception of information encompasses print and digital media, spoken narratives, and the ever-expanding space of social media, the symposium considers how one can listen with agency and intent in an environment characterized by such an onslaught of data. It also explores the often complex relationship between truth and fiction in relation to interpretative listening, media communication, and acts of testimony, translation, and redaction. To what degree are we able to listen to different kinds of intelligences, and how can we incite receptivity? How do we address the fact that the right to listen is relative, and that the right not to listen, or to remain silent, is also a genuine stance? Can we press on and position listening as a political act? And how do we further develop our ability to “listen for what is left out, and why”? (2)
(2) UltraRed, in Notes on the Protocols for a Listening Session (Glasgow Variation), in On Listening, edited by Angus Carlyle and Cathy Lane, Uniformbooks 2013, p.33.
*Photo: Emilio Moreno. “Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Conflicted Phonemes, 2012. Installation view from Aural Contract: The Whole Truth, Casco Utrecht, 2012.” Image courtesy of Lawrence Abu Hamdan and Galeri Non.