Political Listening:
The Forensic Acoustics of Lawrence Abu Hamdan
Screening + Talk

Friday, March 27, 2020, 5:15-7:15pm
Slocum Hall Auditorium
Syracuse University Campus

Related Exhibition

Walled Unwalled
February 13 – March 28, 2020
Th. – Sat. | dusk – 11pm
Everson Museum Plaza

Join Light Work’s Urban Video Project for Political Listening: The Forensic Acoustics of Lawrence Abu Hamdan, a screening of acclaimed artist Abu Hamdan’s short films followed by an artist talk and conversation exploring sound — and silence — as a political dimension on Friday, March, 27, 2020 in Slocum Hall Auditorium (214 Slocum) on the Syracuse University campus.

Political Listening will feature Abu Hamdan’s short films Rubber Coated Steel (2016) and Walled Unwalled (2018), which explore acoustics – and silence – as a political dimension.

A reception with light refreshments will follow.

This event is FREE & OPEN to the public.

This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition Lawerence Abu Hamdan: Walled Unwalled, which Light Work UVP will project on the Everson Museum facade Februrary 13 – March 28, 2020 every Thursday through Saturday from dusk to 11pm.

Walled Unwalled – Trailer from Lawrence Abu Hamdan on Vimeo.

About the Artist

Lawrence Abu Hamdan (b.1985, Jordan) is an artist and audio investigator based in Beirut, Lebanon. His background as a touring musician led him to develop a deep interest in sound and its intersection with politics, which has come to share his practice. His audio investigations have been used as evidence at the UK Asylum and Immigration Tribunal and as advocacy for organizations such as Amnesty International and Defense for Children International. The artist is affiliated with the Forensic Architecture department at Goldsmiths College London where he received his PhD in 2017. Abu Hamdan is the author of the artist book [inaudible]: A Politics of Listening in 4 Acts. Recent solo exhibitions include the Tate Modern, London (2018); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2018); Portikus, Frankfurt (2016); Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2014) and The Showroom, London (2012).

In 2019, Abu Hamdan was nominated with three fellow finalists for Britain’s most prestigious award in the visual arts, the Turner Prize. Based on the nominees’ mutual assessment of one another’s  work as very different but equally politically important, Abu Hamdan and his three fellow finalists petitioned the award committee not to select a single winner in the name of “commonality, multiplicity and solidarity.” The committee accepted this request, and the 2019 Turner Prize was jointly awarded for the first time ever.

More information: lawrenceabuhamdan.com


CART services will be provided for the talk. To make accommodation requests or ask questions about facilities, please contact info@urbanvideoproject.com or 315-443-1369.


This event is made possible through the generous support of the Syracuse University Humanities Center as part of the official program for Syracuse Symposium 2019-20: Silence.