OHMA EXHIBITS: a collection of interactive oral history encounters

What Makes Hearing Possible? Towards a Practice of (Self)Reflective Listening (2022)

By Sydney Mann

What makes hearing and brave sharing possible when the language of power and oppression haunt everyday discourse? This one-time, live, interactive exhibit will put edited oral history interviews in dialogue with the present to explore how our roles as social and systemic actors recreate systems of privilege and oppression within forms of communication. Participants will engage in methods (self)-reflective listening - repeating words back as to redistribute power or invite clarification - to transform the language of dominance into a co-operative language of hearing to generate shared meaning and community in conversation.

This exhibit took place at the live May 4 event with the curator and is not available online.

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