Argument from silence is a workshop held with small groups, in advance of screenings of the film Report to an Academy. The workshop was developed to activate some of the research used in making the film and to test its concerns in different contexts of speech.
Consider the space of your mouth, and how your tongue feels inside it.
The tongue is our first tool for exploring, learning and knowing (before we can talk).
Is the diagnostic tool of the McGill Pain Questionnaire helpful in naming the physical sensations of emotional or psychological pain?
Does this (English) vocabulary translate into other languages, or not?
Could institutional pain be mapped?
What poetry could be created from text and utterances issued by the educational institution, in order to speak back to the institution itself in echolalic response?
What is the sensation in the oral cavity when expressing an objection, or not being able to?
How could the negative space of the mouth express a tangible, undeniable object?