Hear Tell: Describing, Reporting, Narrating

Date: Monday 13 May 2019

Tate Exchange at Tate Modern

5th Floor, Blavatnik Building



If you hear tell of an event, somebody relates it to you. Hear tell involves both a speaker and a listener, a performer and an audience. Taking the form of a study day, Hear Tell circulates around three actions: describing, reporting and narrating.

Each of these terms can be understood as a mode within performance. It also presents an approach to writing and talking about performance. The day will be made of descriptions of describing, reports on reporting, narratives of narrating.



Session 1: Describing

Opening Description by Giulia Palladini, University of Roehampton

Burning and invisible words: Chukovskaya on Akhmatova’s Requiem

Emily Orley, University of Roehampton

  A principled hesitancy

Joe Kelleher, University of Roehampton


Session 2: Reporting

Preliminary Report by Georgina Guy, Royal Holloway, University of London

  Bringing Things In: Delivery and Joke Logistics

Emma Bennett, University of Leeds

  Sonic inscription and improvisatory narrative: Richard Ridgway and the mute swan

Ella Finer, writer, composer and curator


Session 3: Narrating

Instigating Narrative by Johanna Linsley, University of Roehampton  

Re-Telling the Chauraasi Archive: Testimony after Trauma

Sharanya Murali, independent researcher

  Narrating Ephemerality: Joseph Beuys and Terry Fox’s Isolation Unit in Print

Tancredi Gusman, Freie Universität Berlin

  The Sober and the Unsound: Narrative, Addiction, Repetition

Season Butler, writer, artist and dramaturg

  17.15 Drinks and Discussion

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