Listening Biennale – Announcements
Participating institutions, organizations and collectives:
1983, Hong Kong; aerial, Bergen; AMEE, Madrid; Ayer, Guadalajara; Monks of Culture, Calcutta; Laval University Art School, Quebec; His wanderer, Berlin; Generator projects, Dundee; Investigaciones del Futuro, Buenos Aires; Klank.ist, Istanbul; Liquid architecture, Melbourne; National Arts Festival, Makhanda; Noise N ‘Roses, Budapest; Space21, Kurdistan; TAFMA, Nagaland; TheCube project space, Taipei
In today’s intensely polarized environment, in which political and social debate often tends towards conflict or impasse, could listening dictate an intervention? While the emphasis is often on statements, capturing history and the importance of free speech, listening is radically essential to facilitate dialogue, understanding and social transformation. Listening means pushing back the limits of the familiar, the recognized and the known. In addition, listening offers more egalitarian, decolonized and ecological relationships, astounding exclusionary systems and human exceptionalism through empathic, attentive and more than human orientations: hearing beyond the often frozen pattern of self and the other. Listening is a power, it can open and hold back, it can support and assist, and it can allow escape and a deep friendship. And yet, listening is greatly underestimated and neglected in society.
The Listening Biennial draws attention to listening as a relational capacity, a philosophical and political proposition, a creative practice and a research framework. From radical empathy to weak ontology, from poetic rejection to diasporic resistance, from listening to intimate envelopment, listening exerts a creative and critical force that can help maintain the diversity of our social adventure and creatural creature.
The Listening Biennale brings together an international group of participating artists, musicians and researchers, to ask questions and listening experiences. The Listening Biennial is conceived as a global project and aims at a curatorial construction of shared resonances and polyvocal manifestations. This includes the exhibition of audio works, experimental performances, workshops and discursive events presented through a constellation of institutions, organizations and places of collaboration, where listening and locality are emphasized, and cultural specificities contribute to a greater ecology of attention. From critical storytelling, experimental noise and musical delight to acoustic care, interspecific contact and sound material environments, the Biennale aims to foster a world of listening.
Octavio Aguilar & Diego Martínez Guillén (Mexico), Khyam Allami (Iraq / United Kingdom), Wah-yan Au & Yannick Dauby (Hong Kong / Taiwan), Georges Azzaria (Canada), Tania Candiani (Mexico), Antoine Chessex & Mélia Roger (Switzerland / France), Michele Chu (Hong Kong), Cyclops (Carlos Amorales & Enrique Arriaga) (Mexico), Bidisha Das (India), Emcsi (Hungary), Julie Faubert (Canada), Yolande Harris (UK / US) , Jeph Jerman (United States), Orsolya Kaincz (Hungary), Nandita Kumar & Joseph Kamaru (India / Kenya), Isuru Kumarasinghe & Sara Mikolai (Sri Lanka), Bárbara Lázara (Mexico), Sharon Lee (Hong Kong), Sandra Monterroso & Manuel Estrella Chí (Guatemala / Mexico), Ziad Moukarzel (Lebanon), Alecia Neo (Singapore), Angel Nevarez & Valerie Tevere (United States), Jocelyn Robert (Canada), Ish S (India), Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec (Slovenia / NL), Surabhi Saraf (India / United States), Mene Savasta (Argentina), Wantanee Siripattananuntakul (Thailand), Alexandre St-Onge (Canada), Fernando Vigueras (Mexico), Raheleh (Minoosh) Z oromodinia (Iran / United States).
A related performance and speech program is presented by participating institutions and collectives, featuring local and international artists and scholars working across a range of approaches and topics, including Mladen Dolar, Margarida Mendes, Daniela Medina Poch, Reynols, Mendi + Keith Obadike, KMRU, among others. This includes the launch of The Listening Academy, a research academy in listening, sound practices and sound studies, taking place simultaneously in Berlin and London, and led by Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, Lucia Farinati, Brandon LaBelle and Carla J. Maier with Luz María Sánchez, Caroline Bergvall, Kate Lacey and Leah Bassel.
The listening biennial
Founding initiator: Brandon LaBelle
Commissioners: Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, Brandon LaBelle, Israel Martínez, Yang Yeung
Curatorial partners: Mario Asef, Rayya Badran, Florencia Curci, Hardi Kurda, Gentian Meikleham, Alexandre St-Onge, Lucia Udvardyova, James Webb
Design: fliegende Teilchen, Berlin; Kristin rosch
Support from: Oficina de Autonomia; Norwegian Artistic Research Program / The Art Academy, Bergen; His wanderer, Berlin; Errant Bodies Press, Berlin.
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