Mineralogical telling: Listening in The Anthropocene

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To listen in the Anthropocene is an act of acknowledgement of human complicity and responsibility to the more than human world. As poets, artists, writers and publishers how do we make what is overheard; signals of loss and extinction, moments between presence and absence, languages of inanimate and animate –heard?
The collaborative creative practice of Margaret Woodward and Justy Phillips as A Published Event pivots on publishing, the act of making public. Paying attention to the quixotic irreversible moments that have become signals in the register of the Anthropocene, this presentation will focus on the relationship between listening, hearing and ‘being heard’ through publishing. Signals from Anthropocene can be hard to detect, and can in fact be absences. They might register through genocide, gaps in the geological record, habitat extinctions, retreating glaciers, mineral and emotional exhaustion, sensory loss. Recent creative projects by A Published Event, Fall of the Derwent(2016), Lost Rocks(2017-21) and The People’s Library(2018) and collaborations with other artists will be used to frame a discussion in which the concept of ‘over-hearing’ signals from both the human and more than-human world will be developed. Our speculative process of language-ing through publishing as art practice, in which we re-compose with language that ‘rifts’ away its original bedrock will be presented through recent residencies and field work for the project Erratic Ecologies(2019-20)

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Online presentationListening in the Anthropocene Exhibition and Symposium 2020
Abbreviated titleArts-based research
OtherThe symposium, exhibition and resulting publication will explore the act and idea of “Listening in the Anthropocene” – listening to the land, to others, to difference, as encountered in embodied and virtual spaces. We ask how we might attempt to understand or interpret what is being said in languages we do not understand? How might we resist – even if just for a moment – adding our own noise to the noises of the neoliberal project of the Anthropocene: the clashing music of the shopping mall; the voices of AI; sounds that invade us? How might we listen out, or tune in, to the small, the subtle, the unnoticed?
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