He who says zero he who says one is a project by the artist Nabil Ahmed. It consists of integrating the performance of a Lehrstück or learning-play by Bertold Brecht, adapted for humans and ELIZA (one of the early examples of natural language processing by a computer program) to create a forum in the space of no.w.here on the exigency of alternative education in the ongoing assault on education and the arts.
Nabil Ahmed (born 1977, Dhaka) is an artist, writer, and musician who lives and works in London. His multi-layered investigations are often responses to and commentary on issues such as immigration and human rights and take the form of media art projects, performances, collaborations and installations incorporating speech, audio, video, text, and software. He is co-founder of Call & Response, a sound art curatorial project based in London. He is currently a joint PhD student at the Centre for Research Architecture and Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths where his main research interest is in the anthropology of the contemporary state, particularly in reading disasters that shape political transformations.
May 25th: He who says zero | He who says one. Performance The event on 25th May was broadcast live on Resonance FM from 8 - 10pm and was the culmination of a series of radio shows commissioned by Resonance FM hosted by the artist in discussion with practitioners, activists, artists and collaborators on the various components and influences that make up the project including free software, speech acts, participatory theatre, forms of notation, radical and self-education.
April 13th: Event | Score - Matt Lewis and Lawrence Upton The performance of He who says zero he who says one is facilitated by a combinatory event and graphic score while Eliza’s own algorithm uses a "script" that influences it.s output behaviour. Within the context of a performance, event and graphic scores suggest musicality that is open to musicians or non-musicians interpretations. This discussion will take place around the politics of notation as instructions for actions.
April 20th: Radical education - Radical Education Forum This session is aimed at introducing listeners to current radical education work taking place in the UK, whether in classrooms, or free schools. How do these models stack up against academia and the widespread cuts against education and the arts? How can social classes be mobilized, included and engaged in transforming conditions of work and life?
April 27th: Free software - Olga Goriunova and Paulo Tavares Software is not neutral politically; it cannot be detached from its conditions of production and reception. “Free software” gives us the means to re-configure models of resistance that are both open and have a pedagogical potential. Yet free software is used to exploit “free labour” in the “social factory” as proposed by the operaists. The discussion takes the biography of the computer program ELIZA as a starting point for dialectic thinking on software.
May 4th: Radio of the oppressed - Workshop with Nelly Alfandari Theatre of the oppressed are radical forms of political theatre initiated first in Brazil by Augusto Boal in the 1960s who was directly influenced by Brechtian Epic Theatre. This listening workshop uses radio as a medium to present ideas from theatre of the oppressed and proposes physical exercises for listeners. For this workshop, there will be a listening station set up at no.w.here.
May 11th: Direct speech acts - Karen Mirza and Brad Butler The entire potentiality of language available to a speaker for instance, positioned opposite a determined script, is the possibility in which everything that is possible hides. Nabil Ahmed is in discussion with Karen Mirza and Brad Butler from The Museum of non Participation on their current work in progress / film script: Direct Speech Acts.
May 18th: Anti-fascist self-education – Aesthetics of Resistance Reading Group The Aesthetics of Resistance reading group was founded by The Museum of non Participation. The group have been meeting regularly for the past year at Bishopsgate library. Collectively they read the book with the same title by Peter Weiss, a monumental, complex novel of historical events taking place in Europe with the fall of the Weimar republic which functions at the same time as a manual for anti-fascist self-education. The open session of the series invites the reading group to broadcast one of their meetings, which will bring in other texts and sound pieces for discussion.