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Begun in 2013 as an inquiry about deaf persons’ perception of sound, TACET approaches profound deafness — a hearing condition ostracized by modern conceptions of hearing — as both an ability (or even expertise) and a starting point from which an alternative to the phonocentric natural history of hearing might be established. To what extent do we hear? What can Hearing and Deaf people learn from each other’s “differently-abled” auditory abilities? Beyond human beings, how might practices in para-hearing — whether biological or technical entities — proffer more complex formulations of listening and hearing, extending these notions beyond audition? In what ways can such knowledge improve political representation of the diversity of hearing?

Presented in September 2016, WITHIN / Infinite Ear was the first exhibition of TACET's inquiry. Conceived in collaboration with Tarek Atoui in the frame of Bergen Assembly, the exhibition gathered a number of collections (of instruments, recordings, books, films and artworks) that will grow and shift as the project progresses.

The essay traces the history of the inquiry through written accounts and interviews, reproductions of texts and commissions. The essay will be regularly updated and expanded. This current version was updated on December 10, 2016. All notifications regarding changes to the essay and all information regarding related events will be given via our newsletter.

We have requested and received authorizations for most of the texts and works presented on this website. However, certain elements are simply redirections to existing Internet links as we have not been able to secure authorizations for all elements due to time constraints. If you are the author of any of these materials and wish to have your work removed from our website, please contact info@houseofcouncil.org with your request, and your material will be removed immediately.

Council would like to offer its sincere and warmest thanks to the many people who have made this project possible.

Research group

  • Bassem Abdel Ghaffar
  • Tarek Atoui
  • Hansel Bauman
  • Desiree Heiss
  • Wendy Jacob
  • Jeffrey Mansfield
  • Emma McCormick-Goodhart
  • Noé Soulier
  • Inigo Wilkins

EDITING

  • Grégory Castéra
  • Emma McCormick-Goodhart
  • Sandra Terdjman

PROOFREADING

  • Etienne Diemert
  • Ellie Armon

Assistant

  • Cecilia Granara
  • Abhijan Gupta
  • Kathryn Marshall

TRANSLATION

  • Anna Preger

SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETATION

  • Helsa Borinstein
  • Denise Kahler
  • Stephen Toth

DESIGN

  • Remco van Bladel

INITIATED BY

  • Sharjah Art Foundation
  • Al Amal School for the Deaf

PARTNERS

  • MoMA PS1
  • Bergen Assembly

Support

  • Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation
  • French Embassy of New York
  • Harvard Graduate School of Design



Image : Drawing of a cochlea (origine unknown)

is a special education expert and neurology researcher. His research focuses on mirror neurons. The French Wikipedia article describes mirror neurons as “a neuron that fires both when an individual (human or animal) performs an action and when the individual observes another individual (especially of the same species) perform the same action, or even when they imagine such an action, hence the use of the term mirror.” His research brought him to engage with the deaf community, to learn sign language, and teach at the Al Almal School for Deaf Students in Sharjah.

develops a structural approach to sound art which goes beyond the performance context. His processual and collaborative projects include composing sound works and making musical instruments. On and from Tarab (begun in 2011) brings together a group of musicians who revisit tarab, which designates both the traditional music form and the effect the music produces on the listener. Within (begun in 2009) is an in situ project on the city of Sharjah, which includes work with the Al Amal School for Deaf Students. Dahlem Session (begun in 2013) involves making new instruments based on music played with traditional instruments of unknown origin.

has been developing an architectural structure for deaf perception since 2005 - an organization of transparency and contrasts, of the resonance of materials and acoustics, of traffic, of proximity and mobility - to facilitate communication through gestures or vibrations. The sign for "deaf space" involves placing the thumb, index and middle finger like the 3 coordinates of the space around us.

is one of the faces of Bless, a fashion and design label, whose creations answer personal needs, for example: Which object could train our body at work? (Bless N.41, a workout computer); how can we turn our cables into something worth to look at? (Bless N.26, a cable jewelry); how can I cultivate a garden in my flat ? (Bless N.38, Windowgarden).

designed a vibrating floor used in Waves & Signs, a conference program on seismic communication held at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT. It is no doubt the most accomplished project to date dealing with sound perception among deaf persons. Her other works, Ceiling (1991), Doorway (1991), Column (1990) and Doorknob (1992), offer an exploration of perception through architecture.

is a designer and architect. Profoundly deaf since birth, his M. Arch Thesis explored the intersection of deafness and architecture.

is an artist whose work engages with the notion of the voice and its enunciation through radio broadcast, lecture-performance, and voiceover.

dances and studies philosophy. In lieu of holistic speculations, he prefers to analyze linguistic operations. He is thus interested in the relation between analytic philosophy and choreography. Idéographie (2011) deals with the expression of chains of arguments through dance. Signe Blanc (2012) explores the tension between movement and language in pantomime, and Mouvement sur Mouvement (2013) reveals the choreographic dimension of gestures that comment on William Forsythe’s dancing in his Improvisation Technologies.

studies noise at Goldsmiths College (London), drawing from research areas as diverse as biology, chemistry, physics, IT, finance, music or the observation of crowd movements. He apprehends the environment (Umgebung) as a non-linear, random and irreversible chaos yet which nonetheless has a form. Attempting to represent this form could describe one of the main stakes of Glass Bead, the research platform of which he is a member.

is an artist whose work engages with the notion of the voice and its enunciation through radio broadcast, lecture-performance, and voiceover.

développe depuis plusieurs décennie un programme d’art contemporain par l’organisation d’événement nationaux et internationaux (dont une Biennale et un séminaire, le Spring Meeting) et la promotion d’artistes originaires du Moyen Orient.

Plus d’information : Site Internet

est l’une des principale écoles pour sourds et malentendants des Emirats Arabes Unis. Ses élèves peuvent y suivre l’ensemble de leur scolarité avant d’entrer à l’Université. Ils proviennent des Emirats mais également de la plupart des pays du Moyen Orient (Palestine, Jordanie, Egypte, Sultanat d’Oman). La langue des signes qui s’y invente est hybride, inspirée de ces différentes cultures.

Plus d’informations : Site Internet

February 2012 - january 2013

Preparatory researches (Paris, Berlin, Londres)

February - March 2013

Site visits (Sharjah)

April 2013

Workshop (Sharjah Biennial)

October 2013

First version of the online essay

March 2013

Datavisualisation of the research

April 2014

Site visit (Gallaudet University, Washington)

April 2014

Workshop and public presentation by Noé Soulier and Jeffrey Mansfield (MoMA PS1, New York)

Novembre 2014

Second version of the online essay

February - April 2015

Talk TACET (Ashkal Alwan, Beirut; Samdani Art Foundation, Dhaka; Art in General, New York)

June 2015

Essay TACET published in the catalogue Composing Differences

September 2015

Lecture-performance The Cochlear Vertigo (TBA 21, Vienna)

September 2015 - June 2015

Site visits and workshops (Bergen)

Septembre 2016

Exhibition WITHIN / Infinite Ear (Bergen Assembly)

December 2016

Third version of the online essay

is a special education expert and neurology researcher. His research focuses on mirror neurons. The French Wikipedia article describes mirror neurons as “a neuron that fires both when an individual (human or animal) performs an action and when the individual observes another individual (especially of the same species) perform the same action, or even when they imagine such an action, hence the use of the term mirror.” His research brought him to engage with the deaf community, to learn sign language, and teach at the Al Almal School for Deaf Students in Sharjah.

develops a structural approach to sound art which goes beyond the performance context. His processual and collaborative projects include composing sound works and making musical instruments. On and from Tarab (begun in 2011) brings together a group of musicians who revisit tarab, which designates both the traditional music form and the effect the music produces on the listener. Within (begun in 2009) is an in situ project on the city of Sharjah, which includes work with the Al Amal School for Deaf Students. Dahlem Session (begun in 2013) involves making new instruments based on music played with traditional instruments of unknown origin.

has been developing an architectural structure for deaf perception since 2005 - an organization of transparency and contrasts, of the resonance of materials and acoustics, of traffic, of proximity and mobility - to facilitate communication through gestures or vibrations. The sign for "deaf space" involves placing the thumb, index and middle finger like the 3 coordinates of the space around us.

is one of the faces of Bless, a fashion and design label, whose creations answer personal needs, for example: Which object could train our body at work? (Bless N.41, a workout computer); how can we turn our cables into something worth to look at? (Bless N.26, a cable jewelry); how can I cultivate a garden in my flat ? (Bless N.38, Windowgarden).

designed a vibrating floor used in Waves & Signs, a conference program on seismic communication held at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT. It is no doubt the most accomplished project to date dealing with sound perception among deaf persons. Her other works, Ceiling (1991), Doorway (1991), Column (1990) and Doorknob (1992), offer an exploration of perception through architecture.

is a designer and architect. Profoundly deaf since birth, his M. Arch Thesis explored the intersection of deafness and architecture.

is an artist whose work engages with the notion of the voice and its enunciation through radio broadcast, lecture-performance, and voiceover.

dances and studies philosophy. In lieu of holistic speculations, he prefers to analyze linguistic operations. He is thus interested in the relation between analytic philosophy and choreography. Idéographie (2011) deals with the expression of chains of arguments through dance. Signe Blanc (2012) explores the tension between movement and language in pantomime, and Mouvement sur Mouvement (2013) reveals the choreographic dimension of gestures that comment on William Forsythe’s dancing in his Improvisation Technologies.

studies noise at Goldsmiths College (London), drawing from research areas as diverse as biology, chemistry, physics, IT, finance, music or the observation of crowd movements. He apprehends the environment (Umgebung) as a non-linear, random and irreversible chaos yet which nonetheless has a form. Attempting to represent this form could describe one of the main stakes of Glass Bead, the research platform of which he is a member.

is an artist whose work engages with the notion of the voice and its enunciation through radio broadcast, lecture-performance, and voiceover.

développe depuis plusieurs décennie un programme d’art contemporain par l’organisation d’événement nationaux et internationaux (dont une Biennale et un séminaire, le Spring Meeting) et la promotion d’artistes originaires du Moyen Orient.

Plus d’information : Site Internet

est l’une des principale écoles pour sourds et malentendants des Emirats Arabes Unis. Ses élèves peuvent y suivre l’ensemble de leur scolarité avant d’entrer à l’Université. Ils proviennent des Emirats mais également de la plupart des pays du Moyen Orient (Palestine, Jordanie, Egypte, Sultanat d’Oman). La langue des signes qui s’y invente est hybride, inspirée de ces différentes cultures.

Plus d’informations : Site Internet

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