The Right to Silence

An event series in three parts


These events expand on the research and polemics at the core of Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s ‘Aural Contract’, an ongoing project focusing on the politics of listening and the role of the voice in law. Bringing together contributions from legal scholar Patrick Hanafin, artists Paul EllimanKobe Matthys and Salomé Voegelin, writer and media theorist Susan Schuppli, amongst others, the series asks the question, through a number of propositions and formats, ‘what is the legal status of the voice?’ 

The Right to Silence is realised as a collaboration between Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Electra and The Showroom. 

Right To Silence I

Saturday 11 February, 4.30 pm, Free
The Showroom, 63 Penfold Street, London NW8 8PQ

Multidisciplinary presentations and performances responding to tracks from the Aural Contract Audio Archive, including contributions from artists Kobe Matthys (Agency)Salomé VoegelinPaul Elliman and hardcore garage punk band Triple School (Giles Bailey and Tom Varley). 

Right To Silence II
Saturday 25 February, 4.30 pm, Free
The Showroom, 63 Penfold Street, London NW8 8PQ

A seminar focusing on the legal status of the voice, bringing together contributions by legal scholars, writers and artists including Patrick Hanafin, Professor of law and Director of the Centre for Law and the Humanities at Birkbeck; and artist and Senior Research Fellow at Goldsmiths Susan Schuppli; and Anne Karpf, sociologist, writer, broadcaster and author of The Human Voice(2006). 

Listen to the 18-1/2 minute gap in Watergate Tape 342.

Right To Silence III
Wednesday 7 March, 7 pm, Free
Electra, 3rd Floor Shacklewell Studios, 18 Shacklewell Lane, London E8 2EZ UK

Documentary double bill, including Jean-Pierre Gorin’s 1979 film Poto and Cabengo, and The Right to Remain Silent, a This American Life documentary about the recordings of New York police officer Adrian Schoolcraft.