Soundings 2022

Assemblies of Listenings and Voices Across the Souths

Akademie der Künste Berlin Hanseatenweg
August 21-25, 2022

What do sounds and music mean to those who do not recognise their tradition, culture or worldview in the globally dominant Eurocentric artistic and intellectual sound art and music practices? Who derive their listening from other origins, other contexts, other myths, and other models than those common in Western modernity? Who pursue their own attitude to sound and music outside the Euro-American cultural and scientific establishment?

Over 5 days, their ways of listening, their aesthetic conditions, their knowledges, their goals and aspirations were voiced, heard and exchanged in open conversations, open musical forms, open discourses. Decolonisation thus understood not as the process of exonerating of cultural establishments, but as an opportunity to think, to listen, to sound and to learn from each other without having to place oneself within the sonic histories of Europe: discussions and listening situations that evolve outside and counter to currently hegemonic cultural spheres. We invited attentive listeners and sounders from around the globe!

Steering Committee:

Oladele Ayorinde, Sandeep Bhagwati, Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, Murat Gürel, Sandipan Nath, Nguyễn Thanh Thủy, Bhavisha Panchia, Glaucia Peres da Silva, Deniza Popova

Co-Produced by

Akademie der Künste Berlin, inm / field notes berlin and Ultima Festival Oslo matralab Montréal and Sound Across Den Haag

See also ...

Conversation with members of the Steering Committee (Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, Nguyễn Thanh Thủy and Glaucia Peres da Silva) for the field notes magazine