The Otolith Group

Harun Farocki
Ten, Twenty, Thirty, Forty.
Fragment of an autobiography.
Writings, Volume 1

An Archeology of Listening
A Slightly Curving Place

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An Archaeology of Listening:
A Slightly Curving Place

with Umashankar Manthravadi

To be published in early 2021 with Haus der Kulturen der Welt

With contributions by Vinit Agarwal, Moushumi Bhowmik, Padmini Chettur, Nida Ghouse, Alexander Keefe, Sukanta Majumdar, Umashankar Manthravadi, Maarten Visser and others.

The life and work of Umashankar Manthravadi is a history of sound and technology through the second half of the 20th century. As a self-taught acoustic archaeologist, he has been building ambisonic microphones since the 1990s to measure the acoustic properties of premodern performance spaces. The publication An Archaeology of Listening accompanies the exhibition A Slightly Curving Place, and together they respond to the proposition in Umashankar’s practice that we can’t just look for theaters in landscapes of the past – we must listen for them. Including scripts, scores, conversations, and essays, the publication considers its own format in relation to the notion of writing as the first sound-recording device.