Participation's 'Others': Spaces Between
Experimental drawings made during individual researcher's presentations at the retreat and experimental soundscape based on recordings made during the week.
Participation's 'Others': a cartography of creative listening practices
Lynton-Lynford, North Devon, September 15–19, 2014
Academic Retreat for members of the Authority Research Network (http://www.authorityresearch.net/blog/participations-others-retreat) and invited participants, developed by Dr Julian Brigstocke, Cardiff University and Dr Tehseen Noorani, Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, USA
Publication now available - ARN Press ISBN 978-0-9575882-1-9
From the original proposal by Dr Brigstocke and Dr Noorani:
This residential summer retreat explored experimental techniques for involving actors who lack a conventionally understood ‘voice’ in participatory practices. Such actors might include: the not-yet-living; more-than-human life; objects and technologies; gods and supernatural forces; and past generations. Drawing on post-humanist theoretical approaches (such as new materialisms, post-phenomenology, and actor-network theory), the retreat explored creative methods for listening to, understanding, and thinking with more-than-human and material political agencies, focusing in particular on how these methods help us conceptualize and practice forms of democratic participation. Key questions included:
How are more-than-human actors, future generations, objects, or other ‘voiceless’ agencies mobilized in participatory research and politics?
Through what forms of ‘creative listening’ can the multiplicity of political agencies be recognized?
How should recognizing the diversity of forms of political agency affect the practice and techniques of participatory democracy?
Who has the authority to represent or speak on behalf of material, more-than-human or not-yet-living agencies? How can this authority be made legitimate?