Listening as Being Other


Tom Tlalim is an artist, composer and PhD student at Goldsmiths College.

Tom presents a sonic-spatial composition exploring sound as a political medium. Recent neurological studies of the amygdala indicate that hearing directly connects with emotional experience and memory consolidation, and is therefore a sense through which subjectivity is constantly and instantaneously negotiated. Listening as Being Other considers sound as both an experienced medium, and a means through which to engage directly with fear and subjectivity in colonised environments. The composition is based on Tom’s ongoing research on sound and listening practices used in political processes in the Middle East.