"Listening Choir" takes participants on group walks through urban spaces. Enacting a practice of group listening, these walks offer a way of encountering the affective landscapes of public settings together, reflecting on broad notions of common space and participation.
Using homemade recording devices participants subtly alter the sounds of the city and perform simple choreographies of listening together. Agreeing to drift without speaking, the group collects recordings of places, objects, language, and ideas within the present environment creating a continually fractured soundscape as each act of recording erases the previous. These recordings are choreographed, listened to, in various ways throughout each walk, evoking the sounds of the immediate past, the sonic dislocation of objects and spaces onto others and the folding of histories and places on top of one another.
"Listening Choir" invites making listening itself the thing that is listened to. Trespassing on traditions like sound-walking and the situationist dérive, the project seeks to conjugate collective and individual ways of hearing, and proposes the appearance of the listener within the urban setting as performative. A collaboration between Adam Kinner and Christopher Willes, Listening Choir was developed through a residency at Videofag in Toronto.
"Listening Choir" schedule:
Thursday, November 5th at 12PM starts at Untitled Art Society (343 11th Ave SW, Calgary)
Thursday, November 5th at 5:30PM starts at The New Gallery (208 Centre Street S, Calgary)
Friday, November 6th at 5:30PM starts at Stride Gallery (1006 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary)
Register via eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/intersite-2015-listening-choir-with-christopher-willes-adam-kinner-tickets-19216907287