Delfina Foundation

The Politics of Listening

29/11/18

Date:  Thursday, 29 November 2018
Time:  18:00: Doors open, refreshments available
18:30: Workshop begins
Venue:  Delfina Foundation
Tickets:  This event is now fully booked and the waitlist full.


This informal event will explore what feminism – and in particular, a focus on listening and care – might bring to spaces of and for politics. Following an opening conversation between researcher and writer Claudia Firth and the artist Noor Afshan Mirza, the discussion will expand out into an open workshop.

The workshop will draw on Claudia's recent co-authored book with Lucia Farinati, The Force of Listening (2017), as well as 'The Gossip', a time and space for exchanging stories between women, that has featured in Noor's practice for some time. Questions that will be explored include, whether care and ethics can have a place in politics, and what place listening might have in spaces of contestation and disagreement. Participants are invited to bring thoughts and questions to share.

The event has space for 25 participants. All genders are welcome. Food and drink will be provided.

This event is part of Delfina Foundation's thematic programme, The Public Domain. One of the four themes that define Delfina Foundation’s integrated residency and public programme, this latest iteration of The Public Domain is subtitled Gender, Power and Place, with ideas being explored through the season’s exhibition, events and residencies. The season's public programme of events has been devised by Noor Afshan Mirza and Brad Butler alongside their autumn exhibition at Delfina, The Scar.

BIOGRAPHY

Claudia Firth has recently completed a PhD in Cultural and Critical Studies at Birkbeck, University of London. Her thesis explores questions of self-organised collective learning and how we might ‘read’ leftist historical narratives in moments of post-economic crisis.

Claudia is also a workshop facilitator in both arts and activist spheres. She has worked with groups such as the Precarious Workers Brigade, the Radical Housing Network and London Renters Union. Her writings include articles for Nyx, the journal for the Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London, Dandelion, the journal at Birkbeck College and DIS online magazine.

Her recent book The Force of Listening, co-written and compiled with Lucia Farinati, looking at the role of listening in contemporary conjunctions between art and activism, was published in 2017 as part of the Doormats series by Errant Bodies Press in Berlin.