Lawrence Abu Hamdan: Aural Contract: The Freedom of Speech Itself

This document is part of a collection of an ongoing research project Aural Contract - The Freedom of Speech Itself with artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan commissioned as part of the gallery’s participatory programme Communal Knowledge. Aural Contract examines the politics of listening through a focus on the role of the voice in law. Throughout the project Abu Hamdan has built up a sound archive, containing audio extracts of his works together with specific moments of juridical listening and speaking gathered from a wide range of sources such as the trials of Saddam Hussein and Judas Priest, UK police evidence tapes, films such as Decoder and readings from texts including Italo Calvino’s A King Listens.


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