Listening Symposium



Art Exchange

admission free


A symposium to accompany Listening, the Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition jointly hosted by Art Exchange and Firstsite.

Curated by Sam Belinfante, Listening examines the crossover between the visual and the sonic. This symposium aims to draw out key themes explored within the exhibition, and further interrogate the act of listening.

We bring together a wide range of speakers, including Sam Belinfante (University of Leeds), Cathy Lane (University of Arts, London), Holly Pester (University of Essex), Joseph Kohlmaier (London Metropolitan University), Matthew Bowman (University of Essex) and artist and performer Mikhail Karikis.

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Sam Belinfante winner of the Hayward Touring Curatorial Open 2014, is the curator of the Listening exhibition. He is an artist, cellist and vocalist living and working in London. Since graduating from University of Leeds (BA) and the Slade School of Fine Art (MA), he has performed and exhibited internationally. Recently Sam has been combining his performance and video works in a series of live events at leading art centres. Sam has also initiated a series of curatorial projects that operate as an extension to his studio practice and consist of a mixture of performance, choreography and collaboration.

Mikhail Karikis is a Greek/British artist based in London. His work embraces moving image, sound and other media to create immersive audio-visual installations and performances, which emerge from his long-standing investigation of the voice as a sculptural material and a socio-political agent. He often collaborates with communities and his works highlight alternative modes of human existence and action.

Joseph Kohlmaier is a senior lecturer in the history and theory of architecture at the Cass School of Architecture where he teaches a diploma module on sound, architecture and the city; and leads ‘The nonsensical realm’, a cross-faculty dissertation studio bringing together his research interests in performance, art as society, and the act of ‘practice’ in art and architecture. Joseph’s interest in sound, music, aural cultures and the city led him to found Musarc in 2008, a performance and research programme that incorporates one of the UK’s most progressive and unusual choral ensembles. Joseph is also a founding director of graphic design practice Polimekanos and its publishing arm Cours de poètique.

Professor Cathy Lane is a composer, sound artist and academic. Her work uses spoken word, field recordings and archive material to explore aspects of our listening relationship with each other and the world around us. She is currently focused on how sound relates to the past, our histories, environment and our collective and individual memories from a feminist perspective. Cathy is Professor of Sound Arts and University of the Arts London and co-director of CRiSAP (Creative Research in Sound Arts Practice), University of the Arts London.

Holly Pester is a poet based in London. Her poetry is published in anthologies such as Out of Everywhere 2 (Reality Street, 2015) and Dear World & Everyone In It (Bloodaxe, 2013). She has performed at Serpentine Galleries, Whitechapel Gallery, and at international events for Documenta 13 and Fiac 2015. She is Lecturer in Poetry and Performance at University of Essex. Holly will discuss ‘The Productive Sonics of Daydreaming‘ including aural hallucinations and hypnagogia (hallucinatory sounds and visions experienced at the point between wake and sleep), and how such spaces of active rest can be claimed as creative research; a space to explore our freedoms and potentials for resistance.

Dr Matthew Bowman lectures in the Photography Department at Colchester School of Art and on the MA Arts Practice programme at University Campus Suffolk. He received his PhD from the University of Essex and his research focuses on art criticism, and twentieth century art in Europe and the USA. He is the author of numerous essays including “The New Critical Historians of Art?” in James Elkins and Michael Newman (eds.), The State of Art Criticism (2008); “Rosalind Krauss” in Mark Durden (ed.), Fifty Key Writers on Photography (2013); “Shapes of Time: Melancholia, Anachronism, and De-Distancing” in Amanda Boetzkes and Aron Vinegar (eds.), Heidegger and the Work of Art History (2014). He has written reviews for Art Monthly, Art History, and The Art Book. Presently, he is editing a book titled The Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing: Art Criticism and the Global Market for I. B. Tauris.

After the symposium, join  us at Firstsite’s  late night opening and a performance by Apartment House. Find out more at their website.