Arts & International Affairs: Volume 3, Issue 1, Spring 2018 - Page 41

ARTS & INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS Day 2: Voice & Silence This theme explores how individuals and social groups can assert voice through artistic creations or in society. What does it mean to have a voice? How do we come to characterise the voice of a group or community? The individual’s and group’s agency, or the capacity to act despite obstacles, may be a key consideration for how creative artistic expressions may be created. Does the same hold for voice for social and political movements? Under what conditions do individuals remain silent or are silenced? What does silence mean in art? Zach Marschall summarises the second day of in-person deliberations in Edinburgh on the theme “Voice and Silence,” reflecting on participants’ experiences and their attendance at the performances of Pike Street and Lal Batti Express the day before. Voice and Silence Film by Guy Gotto (password: aia37) 40