I give a 1 day seminar about listening and the city. In the first part of the seminar I give an account on the relations between active listening and field research. In the afternoon I take the group out in the city and introduce a number of listening activities in choosen sites. The seminar is part of EXPOSED, a research about the urban transformation of the city of Milan in light of the imminent International World Fair EXPO2015. The seminar is on the 8th of March 2014 and takes place at CAREOF, Milan. Registration is open to selected artists. More info can be found here.
Active Listening and Field Research Seminar, Milan
On Listening book, Out Now!
I contributed to the book with the piece A Balloon for the Barbican, Politics of Listening in the City of London. Written in the form of a theatre script, the piece narrates the adventures of an attentive listener who is trying to capture the acoustic quality of a strictly surveilled area situated in the financial heart of London. Readers are invited to perform the script in and around the area of the Barbican Estate. The book is edited by Angus Carlyle and Cathy Lane and published by RGAP / CRiSAP. More about the book on the CRiSAP website.
New track on The Wire Compilation
My new track Found Music, Brussels 2013 has been recently published on Below the Radar 14, a download-only-compilation by The Wire. The recording is an extract from my personal collection of spare recordings, an archive containing audio material from 2004 to 2013 that I’m currently rediscovering and systematizing after years of hibernation.
KING, Castiglioncello + Santarcangelo, Italy
KING will be presented on June 28 at the Inequilibrio Festival, Castiglioncello and on July 17/18/19/20 at the Santarcangelo dei Teatri Festival. The performance is the result of a 2 years research process developed around the concepts of listening, inhabiting and collectivity. I’m taking part to the project working as a sound author and performer. KING is curated by Leonardo Delogu, produced by Strasse, and coproduced by Armunia/Festival Inequilibrio, Santarcangelo â€¢13, Sosta Palmizi. Know more about the project here.
Architektur und Klang, afo, Linz, Austria
My video A Balloon for Linz is shown as part of the exhibition Architektur und Klang at the afo architectureforum upperaustria, Linz. The video is installed in a dedicated room with screen projection and mono (belly-height!!!) sound diffusion. The exhibition is curated by Andre Zogholy and runs from the 3rd of July to the 26th of October.
Magnifying My Sphere of Power, Studio Loos, The Hague, The Netherlands
Magnifying My Sphere of Power is a live performance in which I sing along with a selection of my favourite songs. Based on my personal modes of listening to reproduced music, the peformance amplifies the power of music as an emotional inciter, an agitator that animates physical energy and self presence. With this performance I want to emphasize the role of the listener as a responsive agent that plays a central role in the musical process, and more generally reflect on what music listening means in terms of reconstruction of meaning (appropriation) and activation of personal agency (excitement). 30 May 2013, Studio Loos, The Hague. More info can be found on the Wonderwerp Series webpage.
In the Field, Interview on Field Recording
This publication includes an interview where I talk about my personal way of working with field-recording. The main aspects that I discuss in the interview are: the recordist as performer, the process of recording as intervention, and the microphone as an instrument. The book is edited by Cathy Lane and Angus Carlyle, and published by Uniformbooks. ORDER THE BOOK HERE.
Workshop at A.Pass, Bruxelles, Belgium
I have been invited to give a workshop at A.pass – advanced performance and scenography research program in Bruxelles, 25>27 february. With the help of white noise and dead radio stations I will propose a series of exercices and interventions focussed on listening sensitivity and body presence in space. The workshop is part of SoundLab4, an initiative organized by Alessandra Coppola.
Talk at the British Library, London, UK
I’ve been invited to give a talk at the “In The Field” Symposium, 16th of feb, British Library, London. This is the abstract of my talk: I will first address the heard/unheard categories as subjective distinctions based on individual listening sensitivity and interaction-potential (curiosity). Then I’ll focus on the definition of field as place of openness for encounter and confrontation, and conclude by emphasizing the performative aspects of recording– intended as site-specific intervention that embeds physicality, relational agency, and an ongoing process of growth and exchange. The talk will be accompanied with audio excerpts from my research archive. More info can be found on the In The Field website.
Residency at Qo2, Bruxelles, Belgium
I’ll be in residency at Qo2 in Bruxelles from the 28th of january to the 10th of february. This residency is an opportunity to deepen my research on listening modes and intervention strategies in public space. Rather than focussing on a single specific project I come equipped for this residency with a set of possibilities that I will rearrange on site in relation to the potentials of the places that I find. Read more about my residency plan.