“SERIOUS GAMES: SOUND, TORTURE, AND ACOUSTEMOLOGIES OF VIOLENCE”
Screening of works by Harun Farocki and discussion with Suzanne G. Cusick and William Cheng
Musicologists Suzanne G. Cusick and William Cheng have been at the forefront of research on the role of acoustical weaponry and sound-based torture by law enforcement and military organizations. Each scholar has approached the relationship between music and violence while imagining reparative strategies for listening, and living, differently. They share this work in the context of Harun Farocki’s installation project Serious Games (2009-2010), which explores the origins and architectures of video game technologies as they are deployed by the military. This conversation will be co-moderated by María Edurne Zuazu.
The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street. A Q&A session with the artists follows the screening. Free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations necessary.
Harun Farocki, Serious Games I: Watson is Down (2010, single channel version) [8 min.] Harun Farocki, Serious Games II: Three Dead (2010, single channel version) [8 min.] Harun Farocki, Serious Games III: Immersion (2009, single channel version) [20 min.] Harun Farocki, Serious Games IV: A Sun Without Shadow (2010, single channel version) [8 min.]
Sonic Cinema: Sounding Resistance is a public film screening series curated by Visiting Associate Professor Amy Herzog in conjunction with her spring visual arts/music course “Sonic Cinema: Music, Noise, and the Moving Image.” The course explores the use of sound in relation to moving images, including film scoring, musicals, soundtracks, music videos, and experimental sound and video art.
The film screening series is supported through the John Sacret Young ’69 Lecture Series fund. Sacret Young is a 1969 graduate of Princeton and an author, producer, director, and screenwriter. He has been nominated for seven Emmy Awards and seven Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards, winning two WGA Awards. He is perhaps best known for co-creating, along with William F. Broyles Jr., China Beach, the critically acclaimed ABC-TV drama series about medics and nurses during the Vietnam War, and for his work on the television drama The West Wing. Young has also received a Golden Globe and a Peabody Award, and his original mini-series about the Gulf War, Thanks of a Grateful Nation, was honored with his fifth Humanitas Prize nomination.