Birdsongs, lost infants and the terrible task of calling out after them.

Joel Scott

Friday 30 April, 2010, from 3.30 to 5.30pm

Bon Marche Studio (UTS Bldg. 3, Lvl. 1, Rm. 105)

Presentation: 20mins

I want to compose a piece, and read it, to do with birdsongs, with lost infants and the terrible task of calling out after them. It is also about hearing and deafness, deafness as the ‘other’ of hearing, its other skill, the other side of its coin. One of the questions is, in the situation of a lost child, do we call out to them in a language that is without content, the empty sound of panic? Somehow, in a way that is not really clear to me yet, this is related – or maybe just calls to mind – the flight of Walter Benjamin. Expression drains from us at either end of this spectrum, of running after or running from. Sounds fall from our mouths like water. The piece is going to move between more discursive, explanatory, argumentative moments and free verse, prose poetry. So you could call it fictocritical, or poetocritical, but it’ll be probably more of a reading than a presentation.


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