Echoes of Dissent (Vol. 1)

Sound of Politics, Politics of Sound: Conversations and Sonic Entanglements

From 2 to 3 June, the first installment of Echoes of Dissent will take place at beursschouwburg in Brussels. The program, titled Sound of Politics, Politics of Sound: conversations and sonic entanglements, is the first part of a series of gatherings gravitating around the question: How to think of the sonic as a site of dissent?

The 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?

Throughout the program, sound takes on different shapes, from embodied soundings (Hannah Catherine Jones) to sonic autobiographies (Ain Bailey). The program explores 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).

The program features listening sessions, a performance workshop, DJ-sets and a 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.

The evening is organized in the context of the research project Echoes of Dissent (Stoffel Debuysere, KASK & Conservatory / School of Arts Ghent). In collaboration with Auguste Orts & Courtisane. The lecture is also associated with the exhibition Trevor Mathison: From Signal to Decay, Volume 4, currently running at argos.

Find more information on the program here.

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