• The sound of placards

Ash, Jesse, 2018, Journal Article, The sound of placards Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, 10 (2). pp. 193-203. ISSN 1753-5190

Abstract or Description:

This piece follows two demonstrations from London and Los Angeles. A decade apart, the protests are described at first hand (London) and via mediated sources such as uploaded videos to twitter (Los Angeles). In this article, I build upon the resistant capability of organization within networks of communication and isolate one of the products of this organization; the street protest, in terms of its sonorous form in contrast to both its physical (numbers of protesters, critical mass), or symbolic presence (slogans, placards, banners). Using first person narrative, and examples such as the jangling of keys (Wenceslas Square, Prague, 1989), I take this murmur and buzzing of voices that declare a political intention as an opportunity to ask what the political identity of this public becomes when its symbolic meaning is ‘denatured’ (Barthes).

Subjects: Other > Social studies > L200 Politics
Other > Social studies > L700 Human and Social Geography
Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
Creative Arts and Design > W800 Imaginative Writing > W890 Imaginative Writing not elsewhere classified
School or Centre: School of Arts & Humanities
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1386/jwcp.10.2.193_1
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2018 14:34
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2019 15:58
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/3295
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