Radical Empathy, A Continuous Score,
Acts 7-10: The Mixtapes

Radical Empathy, A Continuous Score, Acts 7-10: The Mixtapes is a Public Sonic Action brought to you by P*D*A* (Public* Display* of Actions*).

You’re invited to join P*D*A* as the group continues to experiment with various forms of spatial and sonic public rehearsals. Act 7-10: The Mixtapes has been developed during the uncertain times of Covid-19. Working within conditions of instability that compound the restrictions on movement and isolation from others, the anxiety and fear of illness, as well as the nationalisms and racism that rallies around the virus, Act 7-10: The Mixtapes came from the need to share vulnerabilities and coping strategies while aiming to be a space of both refuge and action.

P*D*A* references a mixtape, where compilations of music are drawn from numerous sources and transitions/edits are deployed to compose a non-linear narrative arc. Each week a new playlist from Radical Empathy, A Continuous Score, Acts 7-10: The Mixtapes will rift on, borrow from, materialize, collage, and translate the social fabric around us during these precarious times. Woven in between these personal reflections and public desires are Public Service Announcements (PSAs) that serve as sonic beacons, urging vigilance when white supremacist powers amass in the wake of political instability fuelled by post truth politics during this raging pandemic. 

P*D*A* in its current manifestation is excited by the potential of radical empathy as an imaginative prism. A prism creating a spectrum of possibilities to find new tools of action and awareness. How can the visual and performative literacy of art be shared and used collectively among artists, activists, researchers, and the general public to navigate the swiftly changing social and political climate?  

P*D*A* insists on continuously asking: Can radical empathy allow us to counteract the paralyzing apathy and sense of ennui that is rampantly on the rise? How can radical empathy instrumentalize upon cynicism and irony to be used as discerning tools for humor that punches up and not down? Can radical empathy be deployed as a strategy through which we investigate how to be aware and socially responsible? How do we counteract apathy and feeling unable, scared, or too vulnerable to join in a direct process? Can radical empathy be practiced and become a method by which we examine racism, xenophobia, anti-semitism, islamophobia, homophobia, violence and hate?
P*D*A* has collaborated since 2017. They are informed by queer feminist performance art, street/guerilla theater, agitprop and Speakers’ Corners as well as by the differing contexts from which the members identify (Korea, USA, Brazil, Sweden and Denmark).
The initiators of P*D*A* are artists and educators Kjell Caminha, MC Coble, Andreas Engman and Jeuno Kim.