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Soundhouse: The Listening Body

In The Dark and Falling Tree Productions

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

What might a cinema for audio look like? 

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. 

Drop into Soundhouse: The Listening Body on Level G and listen to a curated collection of audio works, designed to provoke the imagination and stimulate the senses in a radically reimagined collective listening space.

A series of events, discussions and workshops exploring collective listening will run alongside the drop–in installation. An accompanying publication, which features a series of essays by experts in the field of radio and podcasting, is available in the Barbican Shop.

Installation is open from 11am–8pm daily*

*Depending on event timetable

About the artists

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. McDowall is also the founder of Radio Atlas - an online platform and podcast for subtitled audio documentaries, and the series producer of Short Cuts - a home for new, adventurous audio documentaries on BBC Radio 4.



Read: Soundhouse - The Listening Body

What might a cinema for audio look like? We explore ideas around collective listening and the physicality behind listening to audio in a collection of essays by audio-makers and academics, commissioned as part of the Soundhouse project. 

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With thanks to

Falling Tree Productions

In the Dark Radio

Level G