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Listening in: Fiona Amundsen, Tim Corballis & Emily Beausoleil in conversation

Author: Arpi Dutta, Communications Manager

Artists Fiona Amundsen and Tim Corballis in conversation with listening theorist Emily Beausoleil as they explore listening as a social responsibility and a methodology for connecting.

In the making of Human Hand, Fiona and Tim draw on philosophies from Māori filmmaker Barry Barclay and deep ecology theorist, Buddhist and environmental activist Joanna Macy to transform the camera – that device made for seeing – into something that could listen.

Human Hand layers the voice, written text and visual imagery to complicate the viewers experience of ‘listening’, creating a dense and complex experience which exposes differences between the word, the voice and the lens, as well as reveals their synergies.

This discussion is part of Human Hand: Fiona Amundsen and Tim Corballis, an exhibition seeking out ways of living in a sprawling, urbanised and militarised world. It explores three history-laden sites in Arizona, United States: Arcosanti, a 1970s experimental micro-city; Biosphere 2, a structure built to test whether humans can live in space; and the Titan Missile Museum, with the largest intercontinental ballistic missile deployed by the US Air Force. At each site, people have coped differently with the consequences of military capitalism—hoping either to build alternatives, to escape, or to live right at the heart of it.

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