Black Noise: Experiments In Quiet

Wednesday 26th October

How do we navigate the tension between speaking out for change and the innate desire to preserve the interior ‘undergrowth’ of our lives? When can sound create space…and quiet convey deep feeling?


Powerful concepts rooted in black feminist theory are laid bare in Quiet, the debut Faber poetry collection from Victoria Adukwei Bulley. Share with us in a rich and spellbinding exploration of the places where loudness, silence, outwardness and interiority intersect, through soundscape and performance inspired by Victoria’s work.

Joining Victoria will be Zimbabwean literary and sound artist Belinda Zhawi – whose original sound collage uses poetry, archive footage, voice and field recordings to explore themes of ancestry and lineage –  and DJ and scholar Lynnée Denise . Through an audio sampling experiment, Denise will draw inspiration from Bulley’s poetry to consider the relationship between Techno, Free Jazz, and Dub, and how Black music is a tool of survival that exceeds its entertainment value.

To close the event, join Victoria, Belinda and Lynnee for a conversation as they reflect upon the role that quiet plays in their creative practices spanning literature, music and sound.

Black Noise will comfort, challenge and confront – in a creative exploration like no other.

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