11–12 November 2022
The Listening Academy is glad to share news on our upcoming gathering in Turku and (with joy!) organised in collaboration with Titanik Gallery.
Amidst the thickening atmospheres of social suffocation (Górska 2021), we feel an urgent need to generate more possibilities of care-ful more-than-human togetherness, to gather, imagine, practice and dream of ways to listen towards a more liveable world. We are critically curious about ways to listen toward disturbances and critical interventions that (should) remain unnoticed by dominant structures which brew unliveability of today’s social and worldly currents. In what ways can listening be mobilised as a form of critical intervention, one that can impact onto scenes of personal and political struggle? How might listening be queered? How might listening queer imaginaries of subversion? How might quietness, opacities, echoes, whispers and other liminal sonorous phenomena be mobilised amidst situations of contestation? How might listening be utilised and figured within experiences of unbreathability? And how may listening and breathing intertwine, enrich or challenge each other’s political capacities to endure the worldly condition and situatedly subvert it?
Furthermore, The Listening Academy remains devoted to listening to(ward) multispecies relationalities, to listen locatedly and situatedly. This November it listens with Titanik and Turku that respectively dwell by the two bodies of water – Aura River and the Baltic Sea. In attunement to these locations and agencies, we are interested in listening as a way of transformative ecological – aqueous and elemental – storytelling. What sonorous epistemologies might listening with these waters – their waves, tides, algae – suggest? How do these waters connect to other bodies of water, other ecologies? How might wider elemental ecologies of a space nuance current economies of individual and communal attention and encourage listening toward a more liveable world? What forms of bodily, affective, political, cultural and communal knowledge emerge from related sonic practices and projects, from listening understood as an experimental, relational political charged process?
Following these and all the rhyming or sibling lines of questioning, The Listening Academy aims at fostering transdisciplinary discussions on the topic of listening which can contribute to understandings and acts of meaningful noticing, recognition, repair and restoration. This includes nurturing new imaginaries and knowledges around what it means to hear and be heard, to voice and respond, within today’s planetary environment.
This edition of the Academy strives to bring together an international group of artists, scholars, and practitioners whose creative and critical work is supportive for elaborating what an art or science of listening toward a more liveable world may be. Through individual presentations, discussions and performative works, we’ll engage listening as the basis for storying diverse narratives, as well as enabling thinking alongside and with the complexities of global experience. If you’d like to get involved, please, reach out.
Including the public launch of The Listening Biennial Reader, vol. 1: Waves of Listening, along with Radical Sympathy, both from Errant Bodies Press.
If these thematic settings invigorate and you’d like to share your work-in-progress, please, contact Brandon LaBelle and Anastasia (A) Khodyreva by emailing email@example.com by 1 November.
The event starts On Friday, 11 November at 12 noon, includes the public launch of The Listening Biennial Reader, vol. 1: Waves of Listening, along with Radical Sympathy, Errant Bodies Press at 6 pm and continues on Saturday, 12 November 10 am onwards.
Sign up for the event by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org