Plural grounds: Engaging with the audible

Wednesday 11. August, 12:00
Free entry

In the realm of music and other sonorous practices, enquiring on the notion of a common ground prompts questions on the nature of the communicable. Leaving aside fantasies of transparent communication, the communicable can be addressed by tackling the way the audible is constituted.

Discourses anchored on the notion of musical material seem unfit for this task, whereas postmodern perspectives seemingly more open to external conditions tend to fall flat as well, too often rooted on inherited categories – of linear history, of a dialectic understanding of institutions, of monolithic cultural assumptions – which they end up perpetuating.

Engaging with the audible implies engaging with the conditions in which audibilities are formed. Audibilities, understood as the capacity of listening to occur in a certain way, emerge as part of collective and material configurations. The diverse modalities in which they occur express the plural nature of listening. Practices of sound-making can engage with the audible by plunging into the collective realms which render acts of listening relevant.

Speaker: Gabriel Paiuk