Soundings: Protest | Politics | Dissent

On View


A broadcast audio exhibition at the Power Plant Gallery featuring works by local, national, and international artists.


What do you hear?
Soundings: Protest|Politics|Dissent explores how artists navigate the depths of sound experience.

Here, protest, politics, and dissent are embodied in digital sound files. Broadcasted, they defy the transient nature of sound – only inasmuch as a single file can be replayed. Through repetition something happens.

Does one really hear the same thing twice?

From podcast to experimental audio, each artist captured, molded, manipulated, mediated, or composed sound into a document. The works embrace environment|climate change, diaspora|e/im/migration, incarceration|torture, and memory|trauma, deepening auditory perceptions.

Artists include: James Andean, Meira Asher, John Bechtold, Felecia Chizuko Carlisle and Valerie George, Christopher DeLaurenti, Ursula Handleigh, Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn, Michelle Jaffé, Kapwani Kiwanga, Lal, Jack Loeffler, Jonna McKone, Murr, Mendal Polish, Post Commodity, Tullis Rennie, Simone and Max, Brian Spies, Kirsten Stolle, Hong-An Truong, Karen Werner, and Gregory Whitehead


Related Events:

  • Opening Reception: January 13, 2017, 5–8pm
  • Third Friday Durham Artist’s Talk with Jack Loeffler (MFA|EDA visiting artist): January 20, 2017, 5–8pm, talk begins at 6pm
  • FSP@PPG: Hostile Sounds. A panel discussion on the weaponization of sound. February 2, 2017 12-1pm
  • Third Friday Durham Listening Session curated by Mendal Polish, “The Body and Queer Listening”: February 17, 2017, 6pm.
Soundings Artist Play list
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