Listening is an act of community, which takes space, time and silence.
(Ursula K. Le Guin, 2016)
Mark Wright, a sound artist currently undertaking an artist’s residency within Faculty of Education with Michael Gallagher, led a session on unsound walking, as a method for investigating modes of sounding and listening as artistic practice. The notion of ‘unsound’ for our session was taken from architecture, the idea of something that is structurally unstable, fragile or precarious. An unsound walk would explore modalities of listening, which was not understood as a skill, but an open-ended encouraging of participants to listen different to our own listening.
Our listening walk was made in silence, with various instructions presented in writing at various points. For example, we wore earplugs, walking in contact with each other, and at different locations outside the Brooks Building experimented with the possibilities for what the world can sound like, using tubes, string, coat-hangers and our bodies.
These practices for exploring listening walks as a performance were playful, and seemed to help us to attune differently to the world, with an expanded sense of what it is to move, to listen, to attune. Read more about Mark’s artist residence here https://mpwair.wordpress.com/