This week on State of the Art, artist Joel Spring and curator James Parker chat about their upcoming collaborative exhibition Eavesdropping.

Did you know Eavesdropping used to be a crime? According to Blackstone, in his Commentaries on the Laws of England (1769): ‘eavesdroppers, or such as listen under walls or windows, or the eaves of a house, to hearken after discourse, and thereupon to frame slanderous and mischievous tales, are a common nuisance and presentable at the court-leet.’ Two hundred and fifty years later, eavesdropping isn’t just legal, it’s ubiquitous.

A unique collaboration between The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Liquid Architecture, and the Melbourne Law School, Eavesdropping comprises an exhibition, a public program, a series of working groups and touring event all exploring the politics of listening through work by leading artists, researchers, writers and activists from Australia and around the world.

Tune into The Breakfast Spread this Wednesday July 25 from 8am to hear more about this unique work. Spring, ‘Hearing, Loss’, 2018.jpg