A Measure of Anacoustic Reason | 2005
    1 projection, 4 screens, 4 dialogues, 4 lecterns, 4 benches with embedded speakers, 1 lightbox
    India Contemporary, Venice Biennale Collateral | Venice

    As the world turns, so does the deaf ear of power.
    Watching, not listening, the marksman locates a target. Bang Bang.

    “A Measure of Anacoustic Reason” registers our thinking about forms of reasoning that insulate themselves from listening. The word anacoustic refers to a zone in the atmosphere where air particles are too distant from each other to be able to allow for the conduction of sound. It also denotes any environment, device or condition that effectively blocks out sound. Deafness is anacoustia. Hearing nothing, not even it’s own hollow whirling; the radar of anacoustic reason scans  the horizon.

    The term ‘measure’ suggests the deployment or operation of such forms of reason (as in ‘measures taken’) as well as an account or audit of the acts of reason that are realized in the form of measurements. It is, in that sense, a measure of measuring.

    The installation sees the act of ‘turning a deaf ear’, as the unwillingness or inability to listen to the voices that refuse to be accommodated into the master narratives of progress, of instrumental reason and the domestication of space through the geomancy of corporations and nation-states. In this turning away lies an aggressive disavowal of the possibility of the humanity of other forms of expressions and speaking about the world, that privilege realities and experiences that cannot, or need not be counted.

    The visitor is invited to undertake his/her own audit of anacoustic reasoning through a meditation on a series of dialogues and rebuses that encrypt a set of paradoxes about the grandiose follies of seeking to rule the world by not listening to it.