2019, Fri, Apr 26

How Long Is an Echo?

Louis Chude-Sokei, Melody Jue, Marina Rosenfeld

Life happens in the wake of everything that came before. This world inhabited by human and non-human actors is therefore just as much a living history as it is a platform for transforming the world to come. But how can these structures of echo and resonance that tie together the pasts, current environments and the many futures they engender be worked with?

Literary scholar Louis Chude-Sokei works through the notion of the echo as an anchor point in understanding the political and cultural conditions for reciprocity and the relationship between others and the self. Literary scholar Melody Jue challenges traditional epistemologies that conceive research objects as discrete entities through a discussion of saturation. By considering phase changes and thresholds, she uses “saturation” as a concept to understand the interplay between media, agents, and environments. Artist and composer Marina Rosenfeld gives remarks on her own practice in relation to her interest in the decay of sounds and sounds traveling through space.

A daylong sound experiment by composer and artist Marina Rosenfeld plays with the sonic architecture and listening experience in HKW’s auditorium. A series of discrete sonic interventions expands into a closing concert.