Echoes of Dissent (Vol. 1)
Echoes of Dissent (VOL. 1)
Sound of Politics, Politics of Sound: conversations and sonic entanglements
This is the first iteration of a series of gatherings gravitating around the question: How to think of the sonic as a site of dissent?
This two-day program proposes to think and experience the sonic as a site of refusal, insurgency and world-making. How could a poetics of the undercommons sound like? How to make it re-sound? How can we shape modes of fugitive listening and forms of attunement attending to sonic practices that refuse the call to order? How can we organize collective discursive spaces where we can share and expand the emancipatory operations performed by sound and music?
The Listening Sessions, modeled on the practice of Le Mardi Gras Listening Collective, take Stephen Henderson's overlooked 1972 book, Understanding the New Black Poetry: Black Speech and Black Music as Poetic References, as a basis for jam-like conversations around “the form of things unknown”. We will imagine and discuss the political charge of the audial and the aural; of hearing and listening.
Throughout the program, sound takes on different shapes, from embodied soundings (Hannah Catherine Jones) to sonic autobiographies (Ain Bailey). We will explore how the secret life of sonic forms circulates within khuaya-rings (Simnikiwe Buhlungu) and how it reverberates in Trevor Mathison’s work for the Black Audio Film Collective (Kodwo Eshun).
Listening sessions, performance workshop, DJ-sets and film installation with Le Mardi Gras Listening Collective (Dhanveer Brar Singh, Louis Moreno, Paul Rekret, Edward George), Ain Bailey, Hannah Catherine Jones, Kodwo Eshun, Bhavisha Panchia, Rokia Bamba and Simnikiwe Buhlungu.
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In the context of the research project Echoes of Dissent (Stoffel Debuysere, KASK & Conservatory / School of Arts Ghent). In collaboration with Auguste Orts & Courtisane. With the support of De Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie (VGC).
The lecture is associated with the exhibition Trevor Mathison: From Signal to Decay, Volume 4 at argos.