Category Archives: Creative Research

Affective Listening in Berlin. May 12-14, 2017

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Affective Listening was an amazing two-day immersive experience of giving time and attention, curated by Berit Fischer as part of her PhD Research. I have the pleasure of leading this weekend with Berit Fischer, and Thirsty Moon/Ying Le (CN/NO/DE), in the Errant Sound Art Project Space, Berlin. We engaged with 9 participants who fully engaged in Deep Listening and a Tea Ceremony, exploring Affective Listening. Also, on Friday, I was invited to offer a talk about my research in Telematic Sonic Performance and Migration, opening avenues for the next steps. Thanks to all, and my best to Berit with her research!

Here I am sharing the invitation by Berit Fischer:
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You are invited to a two-day immersive experience aiming to explore the relation between the micro and macro dimensions of human agency, and test whether changes in the individual can trigger changes in the collective. It furthermore questions the idea of ‘Selbstverortung’ (positioning of the self), and reflects on how one receives and acts upon the world as an affective being. Can the (social) body be decolonised, de-subjectified and propelled to a new subjectivation through creating heightened awareness and critical consciousness in both the individual and collective bodies?

“Affective Listening” is a concept and holistic methodology by Berit Fischer that works between action and reflection, in which the cognitive reciprocally intertwines with the non-semiotic, the sensual and experiential. Can “affective listening” be a practice for agency? Can we share a code of collectivity? How can an art space be embodied? What kind of knowledge and new codes can affective listening produce?
The two days will experiment with creating alternative realities through embodied and sensual exercises, along with theoretical readings and dialogue, exploring resonance and “Affective Listening.”

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Points of Listening #27

Beautiful documentation  of a Deep Listening workshop I led as part of Points of Listening (PoL) #27 offered as part of the project Listening Across Disciplines, an Arts and Humanities Research Council Network Project initiated by Principal Investigator, Dr. Salomé Voegelin, Reader in Sound Arts at the London College of Communication, UAL, and Co-Investigator, Dr. Anna Barney, Professor in Biomedical Acoustic Engineering at Southampton University.

In the PoL attendees experienced Deep Listening, as an inner departure for change. Through energy building exercises, and listening meditations the group were guided to experience inner and outer listening, to expand awareness of sound as it travels in time and space, encountering many possible audible forms, beyond ordinary sound perceptions in daily life. Both inclusive and exclusive attention to the phenomena of sound were practiced, with experiments through individual and collective sounding.

Suelo Fértil [Fertile Soil] Performance Telematico Sonoro

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Image by Ximena Alarcón

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Image by Yesica Barrera

May 11th , 11am a 12m (Hora Mexico)

5pm a 6pm (Hora Londres)

Un Performance Telemático Sonoro: una improvisación en vivo entre 4 mujeres en Londres, 3 en México y 1 en Linz, explorando ideas de migración, y sentido de pertenencia a un lugar. 

Liderado por Ximena Alarcón para el Foro Arte en Tránsito organizado por UNESCO, Mexico City.

Performers Conversación: Ana Cecilia Medina, Gabriela Gordillo, Jazmín, María Ponce, Miho Hagino, Sol, Yasmin Kuymizakis, Yesica Barrera

Esta improvisación telemática invita a cultivar un diálogo virtual de palabras, voces y sonidos entre mujeres migrantes en México y el Reino Unido, que nutra un suelo fértil para habitar en contextos migratorios.

En un proceso de reflexión personal y colectivo, a través de Internet, ocho mujeres migrantes en México, el Reino Unido, Austria y los Estados Unidos, han trabajado durante un mes la Escucha Profunda (Deep Listening) incluyendo la escucha a sus sueños, memorias, cuerpo y el ambiente que las rodea. De esta manera ellas han reconocido los vastos territorios en los que habitan y cómo éstos se conectan con su ser interno, trascendiendo identidades y el sentido de pertenencia a un lugar, escuchando la rica complejidad que se genera a través de tiempo, espacio y memoria, en la experiencia migratoria.

Utilizando sonido binaural, y conexión de audio bi-direccional, el performance conectará a través de Internet espacios físicos, en Ciudad de México, Londres y Linz, desde donde las participantes compartirán los espacios descubiertos con la audiencia y explorarán de manera creativa condiciones para fluir, respirar y expandirse de manera fértil.  Apropiando acciones y espacios sonoros de incertidumbre, certeza y riesgo, ellas serán acompañadas por otras mujeres presentes en la audiencia como expresión compartida de la condición migratoria.

En Londres el performance se llevará a cabo en CRiSAP a las 5pm (hora Londres) y es co-producido por Holly Ingleton. En Mexico el performance se llevará a cabo en la Plaza de las Artes del CENART a las 11am (hora Mexico). En Internet, el performance se podrá escuchar en vivo via Resonance FM.

Suelo Fértil es parte del Foro “Arte en Tránsito” y comisionada por UNESCO México, en colaboración con CRiSAP (Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice) – London College of Communication, el Center for Deep Listening (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy), Resonance FM, Soundjack, y el Centro Nacional de las Artes (CENART).

La improvisación será transmitida en vivo a través de Resonance FM.