The Listening Biennial
@ Listen Gallery
204 Hunter St,
July 6 – August 8, 2023
Martin Steuck / Lorenzo Tebano / Beth Malcolm / Clara Hancock / Joseph Charlton / Olesya Ilenok / Andrey Chugunov / joshua elza breen-tucci / Colin Herd / Bobby Jewell
Nicolás Kisic Aguirre / Rouzbeh Akhbari / Ayọ̀ Akínwándé / Yar Asmar / Aya Atoui / Teresa Barrozo / Ariel Bustamante / Alejandra Canelas / Lucia Herbas Cordero / Silvia River Cusicanqui / Tara Fatehi with Pouya Ehsaei / Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti / Victor Mazón Gardoqui / Sara Hamdy / Abdellah M. Hassa / Hasan Hujairi / Igor Jesus / Jason Kahn / Dirar Kalash / Arendse Krabbe / Landra (Sara Rodrigues with Rodrig Camacho) / Yolanda Mamani Mamani / mamoru / Sary Moussa / Arnont Nongyao / Ayumi Paul / Planetary Listening / Bernardo Rozzo / Griselda Sánchez / Alexandre St-Onge / The Observatory / Zorka Wollny
In contrast to forms of cognitive capitalism, Yves Citton argues for attentional ecologies that can support and enhance sensate sovereignty across society. While cognitive capitalism instrumentalizes and individualizes attention, attentional ecologies nurture critical and creative capacities and related interdependent bonds. Ecologies of attention are fundamental to acknowledging and supporting mutuality and reciprocity; they do much to keep open what counts within the arenas of the sensible, reminding how “attention is our purest form of generosity” (Weil). The second edition of The Listening Biennial is envisaged as an ecology of attention, one shaped by a critical concern for challenging existing constructs of exclusion and extraction, and that invites a shift from paying to giving attention. Such giving is emphasized as profoundly dynamic, that moves across a range of sites and scenes, and whose movements incite and seed forms of recognition and cooperation, collective joy and contestation. This includes what we may term poetic sensing, where methods of engagement are enhanced by the power of the imagination. Following such perspectives, The Listening Biennial opens onto questions of sensate sovereignty and attentional ecologies, as well as imaginary power and the acts of storying that follow, and how these contribute to communal flourishing.
The Listening Biennial, now in its second year, is both an international and local festival of listening that takes place in several participating spaces and organisations around the world. The festival includes a selection of 34 international artists curated specifically for the Biennial and shared across all venues, alongside a selection of locally curated artists and researchers working in the realms of sound, voice and listening.
As an exhibition and program of events, The Listening Biennial is facilitated through a network of participating institutions, spaces and collectives, each of which support the presentation of the Biennial across a range of sites. From its inception, the Biennial has been developed following a decentralized structure so as to nurture a greater sense for listening as what may support transcultural exchange and sharing. From Buenos Aires to Istanbul, Berlin to Manila, the Biennial searches for ways to foster links and connections, where the same commissioned audio works are shared and presented at participating venues over the same period and through diverse modes, including performance events, exhibition installations, listening sessions, radio transmissions and workshops. For the second edition of The Listening Biennial this takes shape through the presentation of 34 participating artists across 30 locations, which includes local programs of events and encounters. Through such an approach, the Biennial wishes to engage areas of concern within the arts while inviting artists to reflect upon the role listening plays in their process and work, as well as across societal contexts.
The Listening Biennial Glasgow will be hosted in and around Listen Gallery in Glasgow’s East End.
Participating institutions, spaces and collectives:
Beirut Art Center (Beirut); Sonic Spaces (Cairo); Space21 (Kurdistan); Bakeriya Space (Colombo); University of the Philippines Fine Arts Gallery, Goethe-Institute Philippinen (Manila); Alitaptap Artists Community (Cavite, Philippines); Silpakorn University (Bangkok); Multimedia University (Kuala Lumpur); Instituto Camões (Tokyo); soundpocket (Hong Kong); Cultura Jalisco (Mexico); SomaRumor (Rio de Janeiro); CASo – Centro de Arte Sonoro (Buenos Aires); Municipal Secretary of Cultures La Paz. (Bolivia); Tsonami (Valparaíso); Errant Bodies (Berlin); Galeria Quadrum; Hangar; Antecâmara; Brotéria; Stolen Books (Lisbon); AMEE (Madrid); Lydgalleriet (Bergen); Listen Gallery (Glasgow); Center for Cultural Decontamination with Radio Belgrade (Belgrade); Amek x Easterndaze (Varna, Bulgaria); L’École d’art of Université Laval (Quebec City); Museum of Contemporary Art (Toronto); Müze Gazhane (Istanbul)
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