A survey is a process of listening

02–06 May 2012
Whitney Museum, New York

Programme

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  • Talk
    Against a dark background, Craig Dworkin gives a reading

    A Handbook of Protocols for Literary Listening

    Craig Dworkin & Vanessa Place
    16:45–17:45 Wed 2 May
     / Whitney Museum

    Craig will give a guided reading of his handbook of exemplary instances of literary listening and will be joined by one of the selected authors, Vanessa Place.

  • Performance
    Two photos of women in 40's costume sat at an old desk

    Comrades of Time

    Andrea Geyer
    18:00–19:00 Fri 4 May
     / Whitney Museum

    Seven women recite monologues composed from speeches, letters and essays from 1916-1941, written by architects, writers, philosophers and political organizers from the vibrant years of the Weimar Republic as a kind of cultural echo: an experience of historical times as they are brought to the present.

  • Talk
    A medieval woodcut of the cosmos with the sun, stars and heavens

    Cosmic Pessimism

    Eugene Thacker
    16:00–16:30 Sat 5 May
     / Whitney Museum

    A performed lecture concerned with Renaissance occult (musical) thinkers of the cosmic who put forward the notion of the "disharmony of the world"

  • Talk
    A silhouette of a man sits at a small desk with a old microphone set upon it.

    Dr. Mabuse dispassionately recites communist theory over found footage of riots

    Evan Calder Williams
    14:45–15:30 Sun 6 May
     / Whitney Museum

    A bodiless treatise on narration, bored speakers, audience misbehaviour and police megaphones, but: is anybody listening?

  • Performance
    A group on a street in the evening crowd around a group of people banging mics

    Hit Parade (New York)

    Christof Migone
    14:30–15:15 Thu 3 May
     / Whitney Museum

    Sound as it is endured by space and the body: 15 participants lie face down and pound the floor with a microphone one thousand times, each person choosing their own rhythm and intensity.

  • Performance

    In Passing

    Brandon LaBelle
    17:00–17:45 Sat 5 May
     / Whitney Museum

    A silent performance of (musical) reverberation.

  • Talk
    Three figures are silhouetted by a large window in the shape of a parallelogram

    Is a survey a process of listening?

    Jay Sanders
    16:30–17:15 Fri 4 May
     / Whitney Museum

    A short chat about what we (Arika) might be trying to do with our program for the Biennial.

  • Performance
    A dark room and Tone is performing at a laptop.

    Paramedia

    Yasunao Tone
    19:45–20:45 Fri 4 May
     / Whitney Museum

    A dense, hard, immersive, chaotic spatial performance in sound: a momentary gap in consciousness, free of order or decision.

  • Performance
    A close up of Sean Meehan's hands as he cracks rosin on a snare drum

    Sean Meehan

    Sean Meehan
    14:30–15:30 Sat 5 May
     / Whitney Museum

    Percussion used to explore the social construction of space.

  • Exhibition
    A group of people are standing gathered around a large black table reading

    Temporary outpost for an auditory figure

    Brandon LaBelle
    11:00 Wed 2–18:00 Sun 6 May
     / Whitney Museum

    A temporary archive and research space tracing the ways in which sound and audition move through everyday life.

  • Performance
    A B&W portrait of four members of TEST, all smiling

    TEST

    Tom Bruno, Daniel Carter, Matt Heyner, Sabir Mateen
    16:30–17:45 Sun 6 May
     / Whitney Museum

    TEST is a collective creative improvising quartet based out of the NYC Underground (figuratively and literally).  Their street-hardened, spatial Jazz is riotous and intense: is also makes us think about collective organization, and different ideas of responsibility and liberty.

  • Workshop
    A pile of fruit in a bowl on white counter

    The Indivisible or Inadmissable Committee

    The Indivisible or Inadmissable Committee
    16:00–17:30 Thu 3 May
     / Whitney Museum

    When one calls a strike, who hears the call, who attunes and listens to it? How to listen to the call of a strike? What prevents one from hearing this call or stops one from listening to it?

  • Performance
    A man sits in front of a mixing desk and a compute with a torch

    Wallingford Food Bank

    Christopher DeLaurenti
    14:30–16:00 Wed 2 May
     / Whitney Museum

    A testimony to poverty from Chris’s own experiences, and an invitation to engage with an all too typical situation and context through a kind of imaginary listening. 

  • Workshop
    A blank flip chart on an easel, a black wall is behind

    What is the Sound of Freedom?

    Ultra-red & George Lewis
    11:00–13:45 Wed 2 May
     / Whitney Museum

    For day one of Ultra-red’s project, the investigation will take up protocols for listening to the sound of freedom composed and facilitated by George E. Lewis. 

  • Workshop
    A white room with a circle of black chairs, a flip chart easel and two speakers

    What is the Sound of Freedom?

    Ultra-red & House|Ballroom
    11:00–13:45 Thu 3 May
     / Whitney Museum

    For day two of Ultra-red’s project, the investigation will take up protocols for listening to the sound of freedom composed and facilitated by the Vogue'ology collective. 

  • Workshop
    A rectangular white table in a black room in circled with green chairs

    What is the Sound of Freedom?

    Ultra-red & Nancy Nevárez
    13:00–16:00 Fri 4 May
     / Whitney Museum

    For day three of Ultra-red’s project, the investigation will take up protocols for listening to the sound of freedom composed and facilitated by Nancy Nevárez. 

  • Workshop
    Several tables covered in white paper have blue chairs around them.

    What is the Sound of Freedom?

    Ultra-red & Fred Moten
    11:00–14:00 Sat 5 May
     / Whitney Museum

    For day four of Ultra-red’s project, the investigation will take up protocols for listening to the sound of freedom composed and facilitated by Fred Moten.

  • Workshop
    A small room with a table with white paper on it and several green chairs

    What is the Sound of Freedom?

    Ultra-red
    11:00–14:00 Sun 6 May
     / Whitney Museum

    For day five of Ultra-red’s project, the investigation will review the previous work undertaken together, and perhaps draw up a summary of reflections and pose some future questions.