Thu 12 – Sun 15 Oct 2017
School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies,
University of Leeds
, Leeds College of Music and other venues

In tribute to Pauline Oliveros, who died in November last year, this four-day-long symposium and event programme brings together musicians, artists, theorists, curators and scholars to explore modes of listening, in particular the relation of listening and attunement to perceptions of change and transformation. The programme is structured in two parallel strands which cross over: the Open Programme conference and series of events and the Field Studies 2017 workshops with Sharon Stewart, Lore Lixenberg, Alex de Little, Joseph Kohlmaier + Esther Venrooij.

Field Studies students have access to Open Programme events. Tickets for the full four-day Open Programme conference and event series are available from Musarc via the Registration Page. Separate event, day- and two-day passes are available below.

Day 1, Thu 12 Oct 2017


6–7pm → Welcome + Keynote by Don Ihde

7–8pm → LSTwo + Lore Lixenberg: music by Pauline Oliveros, including The Tuning Meditation (led by Sharon Stewart), Pebble Music, Heart of Tones, Threshold Meditation, Rock Piece, and Breaking Boundaries which will be played alongside a screening of rare footage, shown for the first time in the UK, produced by Daniel Weintraub.

8pm → Open Programme dinner (Field Studies and Open Programme Pass holders only)

Day 2, Fri 13 Oct 2017


9.30–10.30am → Sonic Meditation, led by Sharon Stewart

10.45–11am → Opening of installations, details tbc.

11.15am–12.15pm → Keynote Talk 2, Leah Bassel on The Politics of Listening.

1.15–3pm → Open Programme Conference Session 1: Looking at Listening, now and in future. Inspired by Oliveros’ work crossing over exhibition, installation and performance, this session explores the growing interest in listening, music and performance within gallery-based programmes. Speakers include Annie Jamieson (Museum of Science & Media) and Paolo Thorsen-Nagel (documenta14 Sound and Music Advisor) and Sam Belinfante (curator of exhibition Listening, Hayward Touring)

3.30–5pm → Open Programme Conference Session 2 with Amy Beeston (YMSN) on machine listening, and film-maker Daniel Weintraub talking (via Webex) about the creation of his documentary Deep Listening – The Story of Pauline Oliveros. (UK, 2017) UK premiere including previously unscreened excerpts from the documentary. IONE will introduce the ‘phantom opera’ she was developing with Pauline Oliveros, The Nubian Word for Flowers – Oliveros’s last work scheduled to receive its unstaged premiere at Roulette, New York, in November 2017

6.30–8.30pm → Invitation to the private view of Joseph Beuys in the newly re-opened Leeds Art Gallery.

Day 3, Sat 14 Oct 2017


10am–4pm → Open Programme Conference Session 3: How might listening change what is heard? How does Deep Listening change the listener? Can listening change our ways of being together, both politically (perhaps following Oliveros’s involvement in the Occupy movement) and in everyday social life? With contributions from the Call for Proposals, and a series of talks and performances by Ed McKeon and IONEJohn Mowitt, James Mansell and Alan Dunn.

5.30pm → Listening Walk with Claudia Molitor

8–10pm → IONE: dream listening introduction and meditation. IONE will lead a meditation on Listening in Dreams, preparing our ears for the night ahead. Oliveros’s collaborator Jonas Braasch will stream live music from his CRAIVE LAB, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, for participants to tune to overnight following the meditation

Day 4, Sun 15 Oct 2017


9.30–10.30am → IONE Dream Listening Feedback session. IONE in inverview with Graham McKenzie

10.30am–1.30pm → Field Studies Performance and jam session with all participants led by workshop leaders

Listening after Pauline Oliveiros