Activating an improvised soundtrack and responsive visuals as part of a live performance, P2P explores the matrilineal structure of the double dutch tradition in America alongside forms of non-hierarchical communication. Peer-to-peer (P2P) computing is an architectural form of data sharing where personal computers no longer require a dominant central server to receive crucial resources. Rather, they rely on each other in a network of equally privileged systems. In the world of double dutch, jumpers and turners form a similar internal network of call and response, resulting in new forms of empathy and a hyperawareness of each other’s movements and well-being.
What Now? The Politics of Listening is the first in a new book series relating to the What Now? Symposia produced with Black Dog Publishing. Examining the idea of listening as a political act, a pedagogical process, and a protocol for engagement, the publication brings together a selection of transcripts from the symposium alongside newly commissioned essays and illustrated inserts that reflect on the breadth of issues covered. What Now? The Politics of Listening prompts inquiry into what degree are we able to listen to different kinds of intelligences, and how can we incite receptivity. How do we address the fact that the right to listen is relative, and that the right not to listen, or to remain silent, is also a valid stance? Can we press on and position listening as a political act?
The book is edited by Anne Barlow and contributors include Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Council (Grégory Castéra and Sandra Terdjman), Christoph Cox, Joshua Craze, ESTAR (SER), Lauren van Haaften-Schick, Pablo Helguera, AJ Hudspeth, Naeem Mohaiemen, Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Laurie Jo Reynolds, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Robert Sember (Ultra-red), and Kade L Twist (Postcommodity).
Alongside symposia descriptions, documentation, and resources, the What Now? Website also includes a new series of web projects associated with each of the annual symposia. As part of The Politics of Listening, Regine Basha organized the online exhibition Crossing Listening Thresholds featuring work by Leah Beeferman, Julia Christensen, John Dombroski, Josh Kun, Charles Lindsay, Ander Mikalson, Angel Nevarez & Valerie Tevere, Jeanine Oleson, Gala Porras-Kim, Dario Robleto with Patrick Feaster, Steve Rowell, and Hong-Kai Wang.