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Saturated with Stuff


Are our lives saturated with stuff? Philosopher Emrys Westacott questions our seemingly inexhaustible need to acquire more and more stuff, tracing this behaviour back to the dawn of humanity and showing its exploitation by modern capitalism, asking what the relationship between our stuff and our sense of identity is.

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Sonic Archeology


How does the past sound like? Artist Abigail Sidebotham dives into the ancient sound of an abandoned copper quarry with her experimental film Tattered Rocks, while giving rise to the sound of the present and a vision of the future, offering metaphysical reflections on the nature of language and our relation to the world.

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Defusing Before Night Falls


Can a civilian ever understand the experience of a soldier? Artist Peter Voss-Knude talks to war psychologist Anne Lillelund about the challenges facing soldiers returning from war, the effects of trauma and the importance of the body, whilst reflecting on his own music and practice.

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Cemetery of Silence


Can artistic expression flourish under censorship? Or is the freedom of speech essential for creativity? Acclaimed Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul talks to four by three about the medium of film, questions concerning time and how these relate to Buddhism and what cinema teaches us about perception, dreams, death, Plato’s cave and reality.

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The Witness of The Ineffable


What is the relationship between death, silence and the witness? Philosopher David Appelbaum explores the ethical force of silence and our relationship to mortality, tracing the biblical story of Abraham and Isaac in the thought of Martin Heidegger, Emmanuel Levinas and Maurice Blanchot.

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The Critical Agency of the ‘Avatar-I’: Accessing the Silence of the Inaudible


Can we access the plurality of our contemporary world through silence? And to what do the limits of our sonic imagination attest to? Artist and writer Salomé Voegelin re-listens to the body in silence, so as to grant a new agency, whereby she re-positions the relationship between the self and others at the edge of the aesthetic and political.

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Capturing Silence


Is it possible to capture the essential in silence? Photographer Ryan Trimble attempts to catch a glimpse of the self's multiplicity and fragmentation on celluloid, embedding it in the external context of our lived experience, while wondering whether this ambition is always and already impossible to attain.

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Minimalism’s Radical Quiet: Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman


Have we sacrificed noise for silence? Emilija Talijan turns to Chantal Akerman’s famous work Jeanne Dielman, in order to re-consider Akerman’s formal minimalism not in terms of silence as a 'violence to being', but in terms of noise and rhythm as a compensation for the failure of language, asking what feminist statement can be realised through these modes of presence?

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The Silent God of Ingmar Bergman and Andrei Tarkovsky


Is silence torture or transcendence? Film scholar Phoebe Pua examines the presence of metaphysical silence in the cinemas of the two great auteurs Ingmar Bergman and Andrei Tarkovsky. Foregrounding essential similarities and differences, Phoebe explores the complex duality of silence and asks whether silence is intrinsically empty or expressive.

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Being Silence


How can art introduce ambiguity into our experience of the everyday? Artist Becky Beasley talks to four by three about her practice, muteness as a form of resistance, the liminal space between photography and sculpture, and the place of death in the photographic image.

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How does sound transform the spaces we inhabit? four by three talks to artist Susan Philipsz about her practice, sound as a form of sculpture, the politics of silence and song, vocalising forgotten histories and the ethical challenges of remembrance.

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A Geographical Sketch of Silence


Are there vital limits to what we can capture in language? Philosopher Martin Shuster presents a short geographical sketch of the unsayable, drawing on the work of Stanley Cavell, Walter Benjamin and others to explore the connection between silence, humanity and our history.

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Nihilism as the Deepest Problem; Art as the Best Response


How can art and poetry encourage existential trajectories that move beyond the nihilism of late-modernity? American philosopher Iain Thomson turns towards the German philosopher Martin Heidegger, in order to illustrate nihilism as our deepest historical problem and art as our best response, while establishing Heidegger's insights into postmodernity and technology.

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