Can Trumpism be diagnosed as a crisis of listening?
This two-part project involves an archive of field recordings and related photographs documenting the sonic reaction to the rise of global Trumpism, together with an analysis of Trumpism as a technology of listening that operates through social and digital media, surveillance, and affective listening networks.
The project began with my own recordings of protests in the UK, the US, and France in response to the Brexit vote, the election of Trump, and emergence of Le Pen’s Front National as an electoral force. It is now evolving into a global crowd-sourced project charting the sonic response to the rise of right populisms and neo-fascisms worldwide. The archive will be hosted by the Slought Foundation.
The second part of the project analyses Trumpism as a technology of listening that exaggerates and distorts neoliberal modalities of aural subjection. From Trump’s idiosyncratic way of speaking that confounds interpreters to the broader transformation of dog-whistle politics on a global scale via social and digital media, such trumpery changes how we hear, redefining what is in/audible when and for whom and reattuning ears to different semantic and sensory stimuli in the environment.
This project is supported by a grant from the Price Lab for Digital Humanities and the Mellon Humanities+Urbanism+Design Initiative.
Please check back soon for more videos, photos, and recordings, or get in touch to contribute recordings to the archive.
This is What Democracy Sounds Like (NYC, 12 November 2016)
All photography on this page by Naomi Waltham-Smith
Paris-Banlieue contre le FN (Aubervilliers, 16 April 2017)
Your children’s future’s on the line (Philadelphia, 15 November 2016)
1er tour social (Paris, 22 April 2017)
Protest against the GOP retreat (Philadelphia, 26 January 2017)
Protest against the immigration ban (Philadelphia, 4 February 2017)