WE ARE ALL EARS
The title is a word pun that challenges the original idiom “I am all ears” - commonly addressing the moment when an individual underlines dedication towards another auricular source.
We Are All Ears incorporates the notion of the verb “to be” as an interest to analyze aspects of personality, entity, and awareness related to the 21st century Western society within the experience of the ears. Aspects of the self and of the community are highlighted through the extensive study of the technological device of the headphones.
Analogies are created between Sloterdijk’s critique of our “foam society” and the materiality of foam, mainly present in the sonic world as an insulator.
We Are All Ears suggests corporal and bodily attention too. The notion of space is related to the body as the actual origin of the sound. If we are all ears does it mean that our senses have a dominancy over our minds? Interior and exterior voices constantly alternate with each other, overlapping through brief concessions. Concessions that are similar to the one of donating a key to open or to close a door: an imaginary door, because as we know, ears do not have lids.
Designer and Author: Greta D. Facchinato
Risoprinting and Japanese Binding: Stencilwerck