Reflects upon sound’s entangelement with questions of law and speculates upon notions of acoustic justice.

Case studies explore the audio transmissions of photo-jounalism from the conflict zones of Vietnam via telephone relay in the 1970s, including the infamous image of villager Kim Phuc scorched by Napalm. 

The 18-1/2 minute erasure in Watergate Tape 342 (negative evidence) and the testamony of Nixon’s secretary (the keeper of the secrets) Rose Mary Woods.

The aural impacts of armed combant drones upon the psychological well-being of communities along the Pakistan-Afgan border who hear the 150kHz freqency of drone surveillance 24/7. 

The use of sonic weapons against protestors at Standing Rock in 2016 during the noDAPL movement.

And the role of sound in climate change studies including the production of an evidential record of engandered sounds.

Clip: Drone, dir. Tonje H. Schei, 2014

Listening to Climate Change

Overtones: On How to Listen, Goethe Institute, Ramallah (2019)

Eavesdropping, City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand (2019)

Eavesdropping, Ian Potter Museum of Art + Liquid Architecture, Melbourne, Australia (2018)

Reporting from the Front, Venice Biennale / Architecture (2016)

Sound of Sand, Material Nuclear Culutre, KARST, Plymouth (2016)

Art in the Age of…Asymmetrical Warfare, Witte de With, Rotterdam (2015-16)

Wind Tunnel Project Artliner, (Performative Lecture (July 2014) 

Hlysnan: On the Notion & Politics of Listening, Casino Luxembourg (2014)

Hear/Fear/Ear Performance Lecture, UNSW Galleries, Sydney (2 August 2022)

A Short History of Eavesdropping
Brian Hochman & Susan Schuppli / The Drawing Room, ABC Radio (2018)

Ears Have Ears / FBi Radio (2018)

F/EAR: Living Under Drones, Lecture performance with Tom Tlalim, From Above & Below, a multi-media event curated by Helene Kazan, Mosaic Rooms (2015)

F/EAR: Living Under Drones, Collaboration with Tom Tlalim, Wind Tunnel Project Artliner   (July 2014) 


Eavesdropping Reader with an essay by Susan Schuppli discussing “Listening to Answering Machines”

“War Dialling: Image Transmissions from Saigon.” Mythologizing the Vietnam War. Eds. Good, Jennifer, et al. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015. 

“Uneasy Listening”. Essay contributions to Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth. Ed. Forensic Architecture, Berlin: Sternberg Press, (2014): 279-314.

“Tape 342: That Dangerous Supplement.” Cabinet Forensics.43 (2011): 86-89.

LaBelle, Brandon. Acoustic Justice: Listening, Performativity, and the Work of Reorientation. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2021.

Robinson, Dylan. Hungry Listening: Resonant Theory for Indigenous Sound Studies. Indigenous Americas. Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press, 2020.

Parker, James E K. Acoustic Jurisprudence: Listening to the Trial of Simon Bikindi. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.

Daughtry, J. Martin. Listening to War: Sound, Music, Trauma and Survival in Wartime Iraq. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.

Vismann, Cornelia. "Breaks in Language at the Nuremberg Trials." Rechenschaften. Ed. Braese, Stephan. Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2014 (eng. trans).

Goodman, Steve. Sonic Warfare: Sound, Affect, and the Ecology of Fear. Technologies of lived abstraction. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2010.