The Grass Field Institution for Contemporary Listening

The Grass Field Institution for Contemporary Listening is a concept, an idea. 

The following is an attempt to frame this concept.

 

The premise of this institution is the research formed by questions such as, what is listening as a way of being, growing and connecting; what is the implications of listening and what does it really mean to listen; what is site-specific-listening in the case of the grass field; what kind of agency for contemporary listening do a grass field have in itself – and how can ‘we’ interact with this agency in the attempt to listen? 

 

The Grass Field Institution for Contemporary Listening consists of an actual grass field claimed to facilitate a ‘special’ setting for contemporary listening (note: all settings can be said to be ‘special’ qua their unique being and relationships, our experience is, that this specific setting challenges our ‘normative’ and culturally inherit setting for listening).

 

The Grass Field Institution for Contemporary Listening is located at Midskovvej 58, 5370 Messinge, Danmark (the northern part of the island Fyn).

To be put in contact with a caretaker please contact Bureau for Listening via: 

Phone number: 0045 4021 2007

Email: bureauforlistening@gmail.com

 

A search for site-specific listening places. Bureau for Listening is as part of the Grass Field Institution for Contemporary Listening collecting places for site-specific listening. If you have a place you would like to share, and perhaps add to the institute’s archive and practice, please send us an email with a description of the site-specific listening you have experienced on site, the precise location, and perhaps a photo. We hope one day to be able to share an archive or guide with places for site-specific listening.

This is most of all a concept, and just that, but if you do have any questions on site, at the actual grass field, we kindly ask you to contact us, and we will put you in contact with one of the close by caretakers, who will help you.

 

The Grass Field Institution for Contemporary Listening wishes to invite you to participate in its ongoing research on site, and you are welcome to ask for listening guidance, elaborative insight into its research, or just a moment of peace on your own. Be aware that all these activities will happen on the premise of the grass field, and we unable to take responsibility for any of them.

 

This is a concept advocating for, what we would like to call ‘site-specific-listening’ – that a specific site activates/makes possible a sudden kind of listening. That the particular site holds an agency over the listening act, the listening being. The listener on-site can therefore experience an expansion of listening, an expansion as a listening being – experience a specific site sensitive listening entanglement. We would like to make a reference to the concept of site-specific art in the case of the Grass Field Institution for Contemporary Listening.

 

To be a spirit and float lightly as a wind over the grass field

 

To be a wind unable to hear one’s own whispering

 

To discover new perspectives, to go on and on, deeper and deeper,