Earlid | Listening is a sacrifice, fall-winter 2015
To re-read Sontag’s Regarding the Pain of Others alongside Christopher DeLaurenti’s new work, Fit the Description: Ferguson 9-13, August 2014, is to realize how framing manipulates memory, whether images or sounds are being spliced. Such construction forms a symphony of protest that is intimate and palpable, overwhelming and revealing. Fit the Description adds to DeLaurenti’s growing body of Protest Symphonies. They are not simply verité recordings that have been edited; they have been heavily constructed and, like memory itself, re-built.
His sonic poetry is not entertaining, though you can get mired in its stories and urgency, its waves of sound pummeling and swirling in percussive, relentless, agonizing beauty.
Curator and artist considered the meaning of this work as it is mired in a culture of police brutality and the complicity of viewing and eavesdropping, resulting in another Earlid audio portrait. See Dialogues for details.