The Sounds of Violence: Hi-tech warfare and sonic ideology at T2F

Military violence is often accompanied by particular sounds: explosions, air raid alarms, aircraft engines, the whistling of projectiles flying by, but also sounds of people and the silence that often emerges afterwards. At the same time – especially in the case of high-tech warfare methods – such events are often connected to imagined, largely fictional sounds for those who don’t experience their actual occurrence in everyday life. The representation of US military drones is a prime example of this. The polished and futuristic sounds that often accompany these weapons in Hollywood movies and promotional videos by the weapon industry propagate visions of infallible technological efficiency and clean warfare, which also surround official narratives of military technology. However, in reality, military drones sound more like small propeller planes, are so slow that they are most suitable for deployment in non-combat zones, and operate in a much more erratic way than the sounds of their fictional representations suggest.

In the beginning of July 2018, a small group of artists and other creative people will meet in Karachi to exchange memories and imaginations of technologies of violence. What does the presence of military drones in North-Waziristan sound and feel like? How do air force exercises above civilian space in NATO countries sound? What were the sounds of 9/11? How do we imagine the sounds of the Hiroshima atomic bomb explosion? The group will make sound recordings of their narratives and vocalizations of their sonic memories and imaginations, play with and record the sounds of tiny toy drones, and create visual documentation material that connects to the sound recordings.

During a public event at The Second Floor on Tuesday 10 July, they will introduce this project alongside presentations by several other artists and media critics from different areas of Pakistan who work on related themes. This will form the starting point for a discussion on the role of sound, popular culture and news media in ideologies of global security and technology.

Members : Dani Ploeger, Joseph DeLappe, Alison Baskerville, Yasir Hussain and Mehreen Hashmi.

Event Name: The Sounds of Violence: Hi-tech warfare and sonic ideology
Venue: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F), 10-C, Sunset Lane 5, Phase 2 Extension, DHA, Karachi.
Date: Tuesday, 10th July 2018
Time: 05:00 PM – 08:00 PM
Registration Fee: Free
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