BWS 14.07.21: Prakash Krishnan

Prakash Krishnan is an artist-researcher and cultural worker based in Montreal. He writes and publishes primarily in the genres of contemporary art and media criticism but occasionally forays into comedy and personal essay. He dabbles also in film, audio, and performance, and is the co-host of the weekly, anti-colonial podcast, Do The Kids Know.  

Ahead of his appearance on our virtual stage, Prakash shares the following media excerpts that comprise his contribution to Taking to Each Other: A Collective Sounding Project

Talking to Each Other is a multi-media, collaborative research-creation project directed by Simone Lucas, with Access in the Making Lab (AIM) and the Feminist Media Studio (FMS), in partnership with Accessibilize Montreal and Suoni Per Il Popolo. The project description can be read in full here.

For some context, I am a member of both AIM and FMS, two labs that share the use of one newly-acquired sound recording booth. Following my scholarly, artistic, and activist work around the politicization of soundscape and accessible description practices, I explored the use of poetic/performance aesthetics to describe the im/material components of the booth and its environment. The video includes a short descriptions of the booth followed by a narrated “production note” which provides more context for the piece. 

Audio Description: Sound Booth at the Feminist Media Studio.

The full suite of capsules within the Talking to Each Other project was streamed online at the Suoni Per Il Popolo festival (June 6, 2021) and was followed by a panel discussion featuring the project participants. 

An extract of my panel participation can be found here where I address the following questions: 

  • How is the form (audio, tech, subjects) in a transpiring relationship with the content of the piece? How is your creative process both an aesthetic, an ethic and a politic?
  • How can the technology itself reveal a network of relations that reflects on intersectional notions of access?
  • Can our collective research-creation process think through and emerge with any solutions towards making this booth more accessible? 

The full live stream of all videos as well as the panel can be found here. Please note, that due to technical issues, the audio during the much of the panel is not very audible and the audio and video are not synched. The panel, in its entirety, begins at 1:02:10. 

Prakash Krishnan,visits Brockton Writers Series via ephemera series on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 starting at 6:30pm alongside Kamila Rina, Carrianne Leungand Kiran Bhat. Our guest speaker Sonia Vaillant will talk to us about, “Audio books 101”.

Special note: As we adapt to current social distancing regulations, we’re happy to announce our event will be hosted by the wonderful ephemera series! They have already done their show online multiple times, so we are thrilled to benefit from their technical expertise, while also increasing collaboration within the literary community and growing connections between organizers, authors, and audience. You can attend the event by watching on the ephemera series YouTube channel. Please log in at 6:30.

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