Listening Session: Seeing Through Flames: The Strangeness of the Dub by Edward George

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Jah Shaka Sound System, London, 1984
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The study sessions are informal discussion groups. Seeing Through Flames is a series of auditory assemblages that turn listening into a collective channel of exchange. These sessions open out the ideas and themes of our research strand, Emergency & Emergence, and survey different possibilities of forming solidarity through sound and music.

Seeing Through Flames convenes diverse practitioners, united by themes of adaptability and remediation via trans-mediatic storytelling, and the conscious renegotiation of our relationships to nature. The series investigates speculative timelines in order to provoke and think through ways of being in the world, against contemporary planetary capitalism.

By looking at politics of spiritual transformation and collective imagination, these study-as-listening sessions explore the potential for the poetic and vibrational undoing of the knowledge that underpins concepts of the dominant modes of being, as well as the oppression those modes create to make ourselves and our planet anew.

This session will look into dub and its association with both communal reverie and spiritual transformation. Led by Edward George, it will dwell on the influences, dimensions, and spaces of dub by combining critical theory, social history, and live dub mixing. It will bring forth the ideas of emptiness and silence, being and presence, space, and repetition and how these ideas intersect with themes, especially in reggae, of Diaspora, and ‘race’, history and memory, longing and loss.

About the event

Free for all.

Limited Capacity.

Booking is required.

The duration of the event is one hour and a half. Seating is available.

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There are no audio descriptions for this event.

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Safety during your visit

Due to COVID precautions, please do not attend this event if you/someone in your household is currently COVID-19 positive, has suspected symptoms, or is awaiting test results.

Please observe social distancing where possible.

Staff and visitors are welcome to wear a face mask in all areas.

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Edward George is a writer and broadcaster. A founder of Black Audio Film Collective, George wrote and presented the ground-breaking science fiction documentary Last Angel of History. He hosts Sound of Music (Threads Radio), and Kuduro – Electronic Music of Angola (Counterflows). George’s series The Strangeness of Dub (Morley Radio) dives into reggae, dub, versions and versioning, drawing on critical theory, social history, and a deep and a wide cross-genre musical selection. Edward George lives and works in London.

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