'The future is a much better guide to the present than the past'. - Kodwo Eshun, More Brilliant Than The Sun.
Amidst seemingly unstoppable forces such as global capital, climate change and post-Trump/Brexit politics, does the future sound hopeful or dismal? What can listening contribute to our understanding of the Anthropocene and the complex entanglements of time and scale it brings? Will the earth drown in the drone of traffic and the hum of computers, or are there more productive ways to hear the vibrations propagating amongst different species, technologies and materials?
This Points of Listening will attempt to address such questions primarily through collage making and shared discussions. Together we will speculate on three distinct strands of inquiry: homes, bodies and landscapes and consider the possibilities and limits of doing futurological work.
No collaging/technical experience needed. Just bring your critical-imaginations and I will bring the paper, scissors and glue.
Mark Peter Wright is an artist, researcher and lecturer working with experimental approaches to sounding and listening. His practice explores the relationship between humans, animals, environments and their associated technologies of capture: critically and playfully generating debate through exhibitions, performance and collaborative events. He has presented work across various platforms and institutes including: Critical Media Lab Basel, Harvard University, ICA, Leonardo Music Journal, New York Public Library, Sensate Journal and TATE.
This workshop is in conjunction with Wright’s current Leverhulme Artist in Residence at Manchester Metropolitan University. For more info please check the website: https://mpwair.wordpress.com