An exhibition that brings together a group of international artists to interrogate the act of listening in contemporary art, presented across two venues – Art Exchange and Firstsite.

This pioneering exhibition curated by Sam Belinfante, examines the crossover between the visual and the sonic and their complex relationships to the senses. The selected works range dramatically in duration from less than a second to six hours: hear a clap of thunder that has been stretched in duration and aurally dissected, recreated by musicians and morphed back into a thunderclap; overhear the underwater sounds used by a vanishing community of women divers from the north pacific island of Jeju and listen to the almost inaudible sound of a dying star. Viewers become listeners as their ears are piqued by events beyond their visual limits.

At Art Exchange the selected artworks include Mikhail Karikis’s film of the extraordinary women divers from Jeju, Laure Prouvost’s spoken intervention that springs to life every few minutes and Carey Young’s offer of a telephone to dial a call centre for recordings from the G20 protests. Firstsite showcases works by Ed Atkins, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Ragnar Kjartansson, Lina Lapelyte, Christian Marclay, Haroon Mirza, Max Neuhaus, Katie Paterson, Amalia Pica, Hannah Rickards, Prem Sahib, Anri Sala and Imogen Stidworthy.

A Hayward Touring Curatorial Open exhibition.

The Listening exhibition is brought to Colchester in collaboration with Firstsite. Find out more at their website.

An essay by Dr Matt Bowman accompanies the show at Art Exchange: Sharing Voices and the Community of Listeners.

Sharing Voices and the Community of Listeners – matt bowman