“What Now? 2015? is a two-day annual symposium, organized by Art in General in collaboration with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, which investigates critical and timely issues in contemporary art. Dedicated to the topic of “The Politics of Listening,” the 2015 symposium comprises four panel discussions spanning Friday and Saturday, a keynote delivered by Lawrence Abu Hamdan, and a program of sound installations, audio works, film screenings, and performances.
“What Now? 2015? examines the idea of listening as a political act, a pedagogical process, and an activity that can lead to the development of an organized protocol for engagement. Opening with an analysis of listening, the symposium considers the scientific definition of the term alongside perspectives on listening that are shaped and informed by diverse social, cultural, technological, and spatial considerations. As keynote speaker Lawrence Abu Hamdan has noted, “Listening is not a natural process inherent to our perception of the world but rather constructed by the conditions of the spaces and times that engulf us”.
Friday, April 24, 2015, 12.30–7pm.
Saturday, April 25, 2015, 2–6pm.
The New School, Anna-Maria & Stephen Kellen Auditorium, 66 Fifth Avenue, New York City