How might performative acts of listening influence understandings of ourselves, community, and our environment? Is the act of listening actually more radical than being heard? Is listening a political act, and how might this be important today?
“Any political act is a speech act. The political speech is the one that ties us together into a single political body, into a single political community (…) To speak, to be able to speak, forcefully implies that one is able to listen. Listening for others literally enables us to speak. Listening is the very first speech act of our life, of our personal history (…) listening is the first speech act of our public life, of our collective history, of our political existence.” (1)
In our present age of networkism, visuality and surface Radikal Unsichtbar is a space for deep concentration, sensuality and presence. Through methods of conscious and active listening, also known as radical listening Radikal Unsichtbar will create an awareness of the invisible acoustic landscapes that surrounds us, and constantly affect us.
Central for Radikal Unsichtbar is exchange and collective research and production. Contemporary sound and radio art is characterized by a transgression of traditional fields of knowledge. Approaches from litterature, technology, experimental music, visual arts, documentary, film- performance and theatre are appropriated. Radikal Unsichtbar will bring together the diverse fields of expertise of the participants in order to create a space for collective learning and artistic production.”
(1) Davide Tarizzo: “What is a political subject?”
Radikal Unsichtbar - Centre for Collective Learning and Radical Listening is a series of public workshops lectures, writings and collective exhibitions focussing on contemporary sound art and the act of listening in relation to community and society.
Radikal Unsichtbar is consisting of a series of ACTS throughout 2015-2020 with more to come. Central for every ACT is a workshop conducted by (sound) artists based in Scandinavia in collaboration with local Hamburg-based artists. Radikal unsichtbar takes place in Hamburg and is curated by the Danish sound artist Louise Vind Nielsen.