ISACS17: Pia Palme

Vertical Ear: Charting the White Space of Listening

Vertical Ear: Charting the White Space of Listening
28.09.2017 to 30.09.2017

Under the chairmanship of Morten Søndergaard and Peter Weibel the conference »ISACS17: Resonant Worlds – Curating Sound, Art & Science« takes place at the ZKM from 28–30 September, 2017. The conference addresses and debates the resonant worlds of sound, art, science and curation.

ISACS17 (re)investigates the  intersections of sound, art and science from the perspective of artistic / creative curation. The participants are asked to showcase, and reflect on, their own practices from the perspective of how and why choices are made in order to make things »work« – in the sense that it resonates in/with other people, contexts, culture, society, history, and »the world«. These are perhaps issues of (and effects from) embodied experiences, of language games, of existence.

A feminist lecture-opera

solo performance for voice, text performance, contrabass recorder, electronics, and video
duration: 35 minutes

My lecture-opera continues from the legacy of the composer and eminent researcher into listening Pauline Oliveros. In this minimalist multimedia performance I embark on a journey into the blank spaces of feminist listening, as a composing explorer and academic researcher. My ears become political instruments of perception to deeply and critically observe myself and the culture I am part of. Instead of travelling on the surface, I explore the vertical dimension to find unknown aural territories. Listening as composing, I probe into silence and into human interaction, into words and beyond words. I listen into the understructures of the visible and to the noise of mind. Composing and performing, I report on my discoveries, while descending into the dark depths of social interactions and my own thinking process. Mind is vocal. It cannot be shut off. With electronics, instrument, video, and voice I chart a map of vertical aural terrains.
As I move into white soundspaces, time stops and space widens.