A Riot is the Language of the Unheard
Saturday, October 06, 2012, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Mary Walling Blackburn + Che Chen
David Levi Strauss
Taking its cue from a quote from a 1968 speech about injustice and freedom by Dr. Martin Luther King, this public event engages in the use of the voice in imagining collective and political speech through short readings by artists, scholars, writers, poets, musicians and speakers.
The event features a variety of contemporary and historic material such as re-performed texts, poetry, experimental theater, pedagogic exercises, as well as everyday collections of testimonials, essays, and private ruminations.
Envisioned as a “rough cut” anthology of live subversive speech acts, “A riot is the language of the unheard” is an experimental tribute to parrhesia, or defiant and confrontational speech. As surveillance and force is becoming increasingly utilized to control and manage resistance, this program seeks to address how the right to speak is also a politics of listening.
The event is free and open to the public.
Please RSVP below: http://riotatcooper.eventbrite.com/
This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition, Ruptures: Forms of Public Address, which closes Oct. 13.