Aural Contract: The Freedom Of Speech Itself

Aural Contract: The Freedom Of Speech Itself

The Freedom Of Speech Itself, by artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan, is an audio documentary looking at the the history and contemporary application of forensic speech analysis and voice-prints, focusing on the UK’s controversial use of voice analysis to determine the origins of asylum seekers without travel and identity documents. Testimonies from legal scholars, phonetic experts, refugees, interpreters and Home Office officials and others reveal shocking stories and accounts of wrongful deportations as well as voice and/or accent impersonation. Combined with the experimental audio montage, these interviews are designed to fully immerse the listener in the heart of a discussion that profoundly problematises the nature of listening, forensics, free speech, statelessness, migration, translation and the law.

The Freedom of Speech Itself is produced by Somethin’ Else and commissioned by The Showroom and Forensic Architecture at the Department for Visual Cultures Goldsmiths, University of London. The project is part of Communal Knowledge supported by The Paul Hamlyn Foundation, John Lyon’s Charity and members of The Showroom’s Supporters Scheme. It is also part of Survival Kit: Art linking society, knowledge and activism, supported by Culture 2007-2013 programme of the European Union.

Exhibition Opens 31st January – March 10th,
@ The Showroom 63 Penfold Street, London

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