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What might a cinema for audio look like?

Image for soundhouse a listening body by mica warren for Barbican level g

In The Dark and Falling Tree Productions
Soundhouse: The Listening Body
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

The Barbican today announces a line-up of events, audio installations and workshops that run alongside the latest Level G commission, Soundhouse: The Listening Body.

Listening to creative radio and podcasts is often considered a secondary activity - one you might do in motion, submerged in a hot bath or lying in bed on the edge of dreams. Nina Garthwaite (In The Dark) and Eleanor McDowall (Falling Tree Productions) explore how the act of listening might occupy public space.

Soundhouse: The Listening Body presents a series of alternative visions for public listening environments, playing a curated collection of audio works designed to provoke the imagination and stimulate the senses in a radically reimagined space. The installation is open for visitors to experience for free (6 Sep–4 Oct) where they can hear a curated collection of audio works during the Barbican’s opening hours.

An accompanying publication, which features a series of essays by experts in the field of radio and podcasting, is available for sale in the Barbican Shop.

The following events and workshops, presented by the Barbican Centre, In The Dark and Falling Tree Productions, accompany Soundhouse: The Listening Body.

Conversation No. 7
Tue 11 Sep 2018, 7pm and 8pm

Enter into conversation with the radio in a collective listening session which highlights the work of sound artist and composer Duncan Speakman and Belgian writer and dramaturg Tineke de Meyer. Duet and Conversation No. 7 explore the porous borders between recorded sound and the bodily presence of the listener.

Conversation No. 7 is followed by a Q&A with the artists.

Looking
Tue 18 Sep 2018, 7.30pm and 8.30pm

Audio is rarely thought of as a visual medium, but do the sounds that we hear alter the way that we see? This experiment in collective listening introduces elements of theatre to examine how sound and sight interact, exploring how stories of viewing, voyeurism and mirrors can shift your perception of the world around you.

Dreaming
Sat 22 Sep 2018, 7pm and 8pm

Lie back and share a collective dream in a starlit audio cinema. Weaving together fiction, reality and the voices of the audience, Dreaming is a collaboration between audio artist Kaitlin Prest and musician Inne Eysermans.

Visitors will be asked to record a couple of sentences on their phones to be emailed in advance of the event.

The Humdrum
Sat 29 Sep 2018, 2–4pm

A powerful immersive audio experience created from anecdotes of microaggressions faced by minorities in everyday life. Guests are invited to participate and leave their own experiences or reflections on exit. The Humdrum is newly commissioned for Soundhouse: The Listening Body in a collaboration with Stance, an award-winning podcast covering arts, culture and current affairs, from diverse, global perspectives.

Meditation: Everything, Nothing, Harvey Keitel
Mon 1 Oct 2018, 6.30pm

In the middle of one of the busiest cities in the world, the city of lights and dreams and distractions, a man sits down and tries to meditate. Learning to meditate is hard. Emptying one's mind, focusing entirely on one's breath is hard. And it gets even harder for the man with the realisation that he's sitting next to the famous actor Harvey Keitel… This event interlaces a collective listening session with a guided meditation, exploring distracted bodies and wandering minds.

Meditation: Everything, Nothing, Harvey Keitel is followed by a Q&A with producer Pejk Malinovski.

Movement
Thu 4 Oct 2018, 7pm

We dance to music but do we dance to spoken word? Whether or not we notice it, most of us listen to the radio or podcasts in motion, whether doing the dishes, commuting or walking in the park. This workshop will ask participants to explore what happens when we focus our attention on the way we listen with our bodies. Combining collective listening with a movement workshop, this session will include a discussion where participants can feedback about their experience.

In 2010, Nina Garthwaite set up In The Dark, a media arts organisation best known for its gathered listening events. Run by a collective of audio producers and enthusiasts, In The Dark has gone on to gain a reputation around the world for curating, commissioning and celebrating creative audio.

Eleanor McDowall is a Director at Falling Tree Productions, which creates features and documentaries for the BBC and high-profile cultural institutions. She is the series producer of Short Cuts - a home for new, adventurous audio documentaries on BBC Radio 4 and in her spare time runs Radio Atlas - an online platform and podcast for subtitled audio documentaries

Notes to Editors

Previously known as the foyers, Level G is the Barbican’s public space where visitors can see art for free, relax and enjoy the iconic building. The Level G programme is dedicated to transforming this public space with installations, exhibitions, talks and events.

ENDS

Listings information

Conversation No. 7
Tue 11 Sep 2018
7pm and 8pm
Mezzanine Level

Looking
Tue 18 Sep 2018
7.30pm and 8.30pm
Mezzanine Level

Dreaming
Sat 22 Sep 2018
7pm and 8pm
Mezzanine Level

The Humdrum
Sat 29 Sep 2018
2-4pm
Mezzanine Level

Meditation: Everything, Nothing, Harvey Keitel
Mon 1 Oct 2018
6.30pm
Mezzanine Level

Movement
Thu 4 Oct 2018
7pm
Fountain Room