What Now?: The Politics of Listening


What Now?: The Politics of Listening


28 × 23 cm | 9 × 11 in
37 ills | 96 pages

Editor: Anne Barlow
Contributors: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Council (Grégory Castéra and Sandra Terdjman), Christoph Cox, Joshua Craze, ESTAR(SER), Lauren van Haaften-Schick, Pablo Helguera, AJ Hudspeth, Naeem Mohaiemen, Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Laurie Jo Reynolds, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Robert Sember (Ultra-red), Kade L Twist (Postcommodity)

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What Now?: The Politics of Listening reflects on the 2015 symposium of the same title, organised by Art in General in collaboration with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, which examined the idea of listening as a political act, a pedagogical process and a protocol for engagement. 

The publication prompts enquiry into the degree to which we are able to listen to different kinds of intelligences, and how we can 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 valid 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”?

What Now?: The Politics of Listening brings together a selection of transcripts from the symposium alongside newly commissioned essays and illustrated inserts that reflect on the breadth of issues covered.