unsilent: political poetics
In her essay “The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action,” Audre Lorde writes: I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood […] for it is not difference which immobilizes us, but silence. And there are so many silences to be broken.
A landscape of systemic racism, patriarchy, homophobia, and colonial infrastructure shapes our identities, relationships, stories, and possible futures together, while fear and fragility keep us silent and suspicious.
This event invokes spoken word, composed and improvised music, and dance to tell the personal stories of how these structures of privilege, marginalization, and violence are felt in our bodies and selves and then opens into a roundtable conversation about how the act of breaking silence contributes to action, to viable change in the terrain that we inhabit together.
Presented by: Otto Muller. Otto Muller is a sound artist, composer, and co-founder of the BFA in Socially Engaged Art at Goddard College.
Suggested donation $5 – 25