Acoustics of Resistance (Essay)


“Listening is not a passive experience. It doesn’t just happen to us. Listening is an action. When I listen, I choose to direct my attention to an other. So, when I listen, the ‘I’ becomes a ‘we’. And I don’t only mean listening with my ears, but my entire body receiving, sensing the other. I mean listening as a way of thinking, as an attitude and a way of being.” 

In his essay Acoustics of Resistance, Mikhail Karikis tunes-into the sonic activity of socio-political change and reflects on climate change, protest, responsibility, ‘unspeakable hope’ and proposes listening as a form of solidarity, care and activism.

The English and Portuguese version of this text was published in the book Lisboa Soa (2016-2020): Sound Art, Ecology and Auditory Culture, 2021, and can be downloaded here