Liquid Architecture, Eavesdropping
Susan Schuppli & Sam Kidel
04 August 2018
Eavesdropping used to be a crime. Now eavesdropping isn’t just legal, it’s ubiquitous. What was once a minor public order offence has become one of the most important politico-legal problems of our time.
Eavesdropping, a collaboration between Liquid Architecture, Melbourne Law School, and the Ian Potter Museum of Art, explores the politics of listening through work by leading artists, researchers, writers, and activists from Australia and around the world. Saturday 4 August you’re invited to a special event at the IMA with performances by Susan Schuppli and Sam Kidel.
Susan Schuppli: Material Witness
In this performance lecture Susan Schuppli investigates the concept of ‘the material witness’—an entity, object or unit that records and bears witness to events. Schuppli is a Canadian artist, researcher and audio-investigator currently associated with the London-based research agency Forensic Architecture. Over the last twenty years, Schuppli has returned again and again to the theme of eavesdropping, with a particular concern for the material history and politics of audio-tape and the telephone.
Sam Kidel: Customer Service Agent
Sam Kidel’s Customer Service Agent is a sound performance piece exploring the call centre worker as a figure of subjection to contemporary capitalism, and the place of noise, intimacy, and fantasy in this tedious, alienated work.
“Since working in call centres for a decade, I have been making art that explores this setting through sound. Call centres are places of constant eavesdropping: the workers listen to the callers, the team leaders listen to the workers, the managers listen to all. I am interested in the intimacy of words and sounds off-script, disintegrating hold music played through imprecise telephone lines, and disruption.”—Sam Kidel
Eavesdropping is presented in partnership with Liquid Architecture, Melbourne Law School and The Ian Potter Museum of Art.