(Labelle, 2018; The force of listening)

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~ just wasn’t listening


That time, when I first went to school, when my mum was told to get my hearing tested. In the hospital I clicked each time I heard a sound. (An early introduction to a deep listening of electronic music?) Bleep; click. Bleep; click. Bleep, bleep; click, click. I excelled at this. My hearing was fine; I just wasn’t listening.

I now have a stake in the idea that listening is different to hearing; that listening is practiced, spatial, phenomenal, never static. It is often hoped that listening leads to more listening, creating an ever-deepening ‘unlikely’ public. What then, of ignoring?