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Field Studies 2017: Listening after Pauline Oliveros

“What is absolutely essential for being a composer or performer or indeed a person in the next decade or two is a serious ability to adjust to a continuous rate of technological change unprecedented in the history of our species.” Pauline Oliveros, 2001

The Centre for Audio Visual Experimentation (CAVE) at the University of Leeds is excited to announce Listening after Pauline Oliveros: A Meditation ― a programme of events from Thursday 12 to Sunday 15 October 2017.

In tribute to Pauline Oliveros, who died in November 2016, this 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.

Alongside her work on Deep Listening, Oliveros’ work pursued the next technology, for example anticipating the internet through forms of telematic and networked performance, or in developing the Expanded Instrument System. These practices of listening with technology as ways of inviting transformation, of facing and renewing the future, appear intertwined in her writing and her music.

The programme is structured in parallel sessions and combines practical workshops, talks, panel discussions, and academic papers together with performances, exhibition visits and screenings, including contributions from IONE, Don Ihde, Annie Jamieson (Museum of Science & Media), Paolo Thorsen-Nagel (documenta14) and filmmaker Daniel Weintraub amongst many others.

Events include:

Thursday 12 October 2017, 6pm
Leeds College of Music
Day 1 → Don Ihde + Lore Lixenberg + LSTwo + Scott McLaughlin
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.
£12. See here for information including how to book.

Friday 13 October 2017, 9.30am8.30pm
School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds
Day 2 → Looking at Listening + Leah Bassel + Workshops
One day conference, including an invitation to the private view of Joseph Beuys in the newly re-opened Leeds Art Gallery.
£40. See here for full information including how to book.

Saturday 14 October 2017, 10am4pm
School of Music, University of Leeds
Day 3 → Open Programme Papers + Performances
Contributions from a Call for Papers (Amina Abbas-Nazari, Matt Green, Louise K. Wilson, Chris A. Wright) and a series of talks and performances by Ed McKeon and IONEJohn MowittJames Mansell, Volkmar Klien and Alan Dunn.
£30. See here for information including how to book.

Saturday 14 October 2017, 47.30pm
The Tetley, Leeds
Day 3 → Auricularis Superior with Claudia Molitor
In association with hcmf// we present a newly commissioned sound work by Claudia Molitor dedicated to the late Pauline Oliveros that allows its participants the opportunity to sit somewhere, or amble indirectly, whilst listening intently; changing established relationships between listener(s), sound and space.
Free. See here for full information.

Saturday 14 October, 8–10pm
Opera North, Howard Assembly Room, Leeds
Day 3 → IONE: Listening in Dreams
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.
£18. See here for full information including how to book.

Sunday 15 October 2017, 9.30am1.30pm
School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds
Day 4 → Listening Feedback Session + Workshops
IONE Dream Listening Feedback session and interview with Graham McKenzie followed by workshops and jam session with Alex de Little, Lore Lixenberg, Sharon Stewart, Joseph Kohlmaier and Esther Venrooij.
Free. See here for full information.

Buy a four-day pass for all events for £90 here.

25 free student tickets have been made available for each event. Register for free tickets here.

Further information can be found on the Field Studies website: www.field-studies.org

About Field Studies:

Field Studies is a cross-disciplinary, practice-based workshop/summer school programme that locates composition and performance in an experience of place, material objects and civic life. First taught in 2010, the programme brings together experienced practitioners from the fields of sound art, composition, performance and choreography with a group of students from a broad range of different backgrounds around a social table of events, talks by scholars and artists, studio work, and food.

Listening after Pauline Oliveros: A Meditation is an initiative from the Centre for Audio Visual Experimentation (CAVE) at the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies in partnership with the School of Music and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. It is produced by Ed McKeon, Third Ear, Joseph Kohlmaier, Musarc and Sam Belinfante.

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