SAVAKA VOL.7: Listening to Noise/Silence
Mar 23, 2014 Sunday 15:00 - 17:00
2F Y.W.C.A Building (Shanghai 133 Yuanmingyuan Road)
Act of listening to noise is a self-contradictory and self-defeating activity because noise is by its definition what you don’t want to hear. However, this apparent contradiction leads us, the listeners, to start to think what is really an act of listening itself just like the case of listening to alleged silence, while when you listen to silence, you’re listening to something you cannot hear. This is how I understand or interpret, French philosopher, Jean-Luc Nancy’s distinction between listening (to something that you don’t comprehend the meaning of it, something you don’t want to or cannot hear; this is partially the reason why the sound effects play so crucial roles in horror films, I guess) and hearing (to something that you do understand the meaning of it; for example, when you hear the melody of a pop song in the street). The active and subjective act of listening or the authentic experience of listening is always possible only outside the middle range of hearing of something you can understand and determine its meaning.
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