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Friday 19 June 2020
Institute of Contemporary Arts


Today is the final day to stream Sylvain Louvet’s 7 Billion Suspects (2019) on arte.tv, a documentary that takes a critical look at the growth of global surveillance and its impact on the individual in countries around the world.

This fundraiser and programme runs from today to 21 June in solidarity with Refugee Solidarity South East, a grassroots organisation formed recently in response to the pandemic. A weekend of livestreams on Twitch.TV, the programme features work by Abbas Zahedi, New Noveta, Yen Chun Lin, Daniel V. Keller and Most Dismal Swamp amongst others.


Recorded earlier this year, this immersive listen seamlessly combines live sound with spoken word. It features poetry from Vijay Seshadri, fiction by Rebecca Makkai read by Quincy Tyler Bernstine, an excerpt from an interview with Toni Morrison, and a live-scored rendition of Adrienne Rich’s The Tree by Bill Callahan and Emily Wells.


This book postulates on the pernicious tendency of shutting down thinking in favour of action during times of crisis. Recently we have heard government representatives implying that during an emergency one can either think or act – and given that action is mandatory, thinking must fall away. Scarry’s work instead advocates for thinking as a form of actualising the ‘difference within oneself’ by alerting us to our own consciousness and creating a dialogue with ourselves.

Track of the Day

Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose

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