Listening Space

Ears (Attica, 100 BC–400 AD), marble, 10 × 15.8 cm., Courtesy Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel, photo: Ute Brunzel

Listening Space is a program of events that attempts to explore and understand sound outside established hierarchies of music production and performance. In the project’s diverse concerts, lectures, and performances, forms of sonic expression take cues from architectural modifications, visual barriers, speaker configurations, natural-sound environments, listening instructions, and spatial choreographies. In this way, the program seeks sonic conditions that go beyond sound’s aural signification, instead illuminating how its physical, social, and political dimensions can be performed and heard. Listening Space is curated by Paolo Thorsen-Nagel, documenta 14’s Sound and Music Advisor. The Athens club and studio complex Romantso serves as the program’s home base, with the project extending to other locations including Megaron, The Athens Concert Hall, the Athens Conservatoire (Odeion), and the Church of Agios Dimitrios Loumbardiaris. All Listening Space events are free of charge.


Program, Romantso:

April 12, 9:30 and 10:30 pm: Philipp Gropper, Liz Kosack, Dan Peter Sundland, and Paolo Thorsen-Nagel, concert with architectural modifications and visual obstructions

May 11, 9:30 pm: Chris Chondropoulos, Sébastien Marteau, Stratos Bichakis, improvised acoustic-electronic set with percussion, reeds, and electronics
10:30 pm: Stratos Bichakis plays selections from his personal archive of Greek ethnographical music

May 25, 10:30 am and 12, 4:30, and 6 pm: Christina Kubisch, Electrical Walks in and around Romantso (each walk is limited to nine people; reservations can be made at: electricalwalks [​at​] documenta.de)
9:30 pm: Keith Fullerton Whitman, concert with live electronics

June 15, 8 pm: All-Pakistan Music Conference archive presentation and listening session with Lala Rukh

June 22, 9:30 pm: Charles Curtis / Alvin Lucier, featuring Anthony Burr / David Grubbs, an evening devoted to the distinct relationship among performer, audience, and space within a musical performance

June 29, 7:30 pm: Brandon LaBelle, lecture and performance in response to the spatial qualities of Romantso

July 6, 9:30 pm: Jan St. Werner with the Dessner brothers, eight-channel performance of Glottal Wolpertinger (previously broadcast as eight separate pieces on documenta 14 radio)

July 13, 8:30 pm: Sam Auinger and Bruce Odland, presentation of a filtered and tuned city ambience


Program, Athens Conservatoire (Odeion):

Listening Space events at Odeion take place in the venue’s downstairs theater, unless stated otherwise.

April 13, 7:30 pm: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, audio essay on the acoustic investigation of the Saydnaya prison in Syria

April 18, 7 pm: Akio Suzuki and Aki Onda, concert with tapes and self-built instruments that respond to the architecture of Odeion

June 1, 9 pm: Peter Zinovieff premieres a composition, conceived by Andrew Spyrou, based on blue whale song
10 pm: Seth Parker Woods, solo cello performance of George Lewis’s Not Alone and Alexander Tremblay’s asinglewordisnotenough3 (invariant)

June 21, 7 pm: Athina Katsanevaki sings Byzantine and Northern Greek songs in the Jakob Ullmann exhibit: Dafne Sandoval plays Jakob Ullmann’s Solo II (1992)

Performances by Akio Suzuki and Aki Onda and Dafne Sandoval are organized in collaboration with the Onassis Cultural Center.


Program, Church of Agios Dimitrios Loumbardiaris:

July 14, 8 pm: Giorgos Axiotis and Efthimis Theodossis, concert with self-built electro-acoustical instruments in correspondence with the natural surroundings


Program, Megaron, The Athens Concert Hall:

May 9, 8:30 pm: All the in-between spaces: performances in the interstitial spaces of Megaron by Pina Bounce / Panos Charalambous / Mette Henriette / Katalin Ladik

Posted in Notes on 04.09.2017
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