Centre for Audio Visual Experimentation


Listening after Pauline Oliveros

School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies and School of Music
University of Leeds
12-15 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.

Pauline Oliveros and IONE in performance, photo: Heriko Ikeda

Pauline Oliveros and IONE in performance, photo: Heriko Ikeda

The programme is structured in two strands. Field Studies will have a focus around practice-led masterclasses, with three or four groups of 15–20 participants alternating different activities daily and coming together for a set of performances and presentations on the last day Sunday. The Open Programme strand combines talks, panel discussion, and academic papers together with performances, exhibition visits and screenings, including contributions from IONE, Leah Bassel, Don Ihde, Annie Jamieson (Museum of Science & Media), Paolo Thorsen-Nagel (documenta14) and filmmaker Daniel Weintraub amongst many others.

Students enrolled for Field Studies have access to all events in the Open Programme, although some parallel workshops and talks overlap.

*The events programme is free to Leeds students with a valid ID and to all those contributing. Furthermore, students will be able to apply for a series of free workshops with Field Studies. Contact s.belinfante@leeds.ac.uk for more details.


Sam Belinfante