Lucia Farinati (IT/UK) – Researcher (Cultural/Critical Studies, Kingston University)

Lucia Farinati presents and draws out ideas about ‘listening politics’ from her recent book ›The Force of Listening‹ co-authored with Claudia Firth. ›The Force of Listening‹ explores the role of listening in the contemporary intersection of art and activism and asks what potential for transformation it might facilitate. Written as a constructed montage in dialogic form, ›The Force of Listening‹ draws from conversations with artists, activists, and political thinkers which took place during 2013-2014, in the aftermath of the wave of protests and occupations against austerity. Members of Ultra-red, Precarious Workers Brigade and feminist consciousness-raising groups, artists Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri, media theorist Nick Couldry and philosopher Adriana Cavarero meet on the page to discuss questions of listening. Conversations cover themes such as collectivity, solidarity and resonance, the politics of voice, the challenges of institutional frameworks and reflections on the Occupy movement. In particular, ›The Force of Listening‹ traces a legacy from feminist theory and consciousness-raising practices through the narration of firsthand experience (from Pat Caplan and Anna Sherbany) and discussions on ethics and politics of listening. In so doing, it inserts a vital component that often gets missed in debates on the sonic and explores how attention and interconnection might exist in the face of current structures of neoliberal governance and the instrumentalised modes of being it fosters.