VOL. I

Anthology for Listening

Vol. I

Prologue

 

 

 

[                       ] maybe we can go deeper? [                 ] what does it mean to listen… what is going on, in one’s mind, body, when you listen?

 

It doesn’t matter which senses you use; it is about taken in [                                        ] it is meeting the world. [                     ]

 

What is a meeting? [                     ] the colliding of things, maybe. Not in a violent way, but as an overlap when two things or entities in the world overlap and their worldview for a moment is shared. Or maybe their experience is shared is a better way of putting it. [                  ] And now, for instance, we have this meeting. [                                ] this is a meeting. [                                                                                          ].

 

 

 

Foreword

In an attempt to write a listening foreword, I find myself speaking. One word at the time, I type. Writing a foreword without words and projections proves acutely difficult. I still have a long way to go. 

 

Do better than me. For the duration of this anthology, put your words to rest. Let your voice be. Approach the world with an expanded mind. Give attention. And listen. 

 

Head of Communications,

Bureau for Listening

Contributors

Alexandra Moltke Johansen. 1988. She/her. Denmark. 

Passager fra Animal (2022)

To listen is hard, it is to really care.

Amalie Sejersdahl. 1990. She/her. Denmark. 

SSSS* Mit had til lyde (2022)

To listen is an intimate gesture. To listen is something you can do with your heart. To listen is complex

Andreas Bach Jensen. 1993. He/him. Denmark.

Solsort (2021)

To listen is to be empathic and present to your creative partner. To say “yes” to the other person’s ideas and let go of your ego while creating things together <3

Angelica Stathopoulos. 1987. They/them. Denmark.

To Listen As If Already Listening (2022)

To listen is suspension.

Claire Coetzee. 1993. She/her. South Africa.

I spit in my palms and rub them together (2022)

To listen is to swirl the taste of community, soil and the solar system on your tongue.

Claus Haxholm. 19??. He/him/ Denmark. 

Notes on Specters (2022)

To listen is a secret.

Elisabeth Molin. 1111. She/her. Nefi

While we sleep sharks swim between your ear and mine (2022)

To listen is the sounds of dust falling, the sound of blood streaming through my veins.

Emilie Tarp Østengård. 1993. She/her. Denmark. 

Photo documentation of the work Before the Ear, in Front of the Sun. Part of the project A Gesture for Listening (2022)

To listen is to question this statement.

Frederikke Krebs Bahn. 1995. She/her. Denmark.

Solsort (2021)

To listen is to be empathic and present to your creative partner. To say “yes” to the other person’s ideas and let go of your ego while creating things together <3

Gaby Beyers. 1976. She/her. South Africa.

I spit in my palms and rub them together (2022)

To listen is to bend time, darn holes and offer hope …the way blue settles into all the empty spaces.

Jesper Norda. 1972. He/him. Sweden. 

Everything Remains (2021)

  • 50 Years In A Space of 9 Days (text version) (2001)
  • Stripped / Piano Clock (text version) (2005)
  • The Pumps (text version) (2005)
  • Horizon Release (text version) (2009)

To listen is to prepare the rest of your body: for defense, for attack, for rest, for sleep and for all other activities.

Kirstine Fogh Vindelev. 1985. She/her. Denmark. 

Imitationer af liv (2022)

To listen is to connect.

Mark Slater. 1978. He/him. United Kingdom. 

Refshaleblomster (2022)

To listen is to project a possible future. To listen is to attend to now and wonder what listening could be, later. To listen is to extract and propose possibilities for someone else’s listening, who may then also project a possible future.

Mathapelo Mofokeng. 1989. She/her. South Africa. 

I spit in my palms and rub them together (2022)

To listen is to hear with five ears.

Matilde Søes Rasmussen. 1990. She/her. Denmark

Virgin conch (2021)

To listen is hard when you don’t hear well.

Morten Poulsen. 1990. He/they. Denmark.

Clara, Fanny & Cécile (2021)

To listen is an intangible, intersubjective and transformative activity; it’s about attunement and entanglements, about coming together and being together; the auditory is a space we share, and carries with it a responsibility for understandings of subjectivities, privileges and limitations. In such spaces, listening is an economy of attention-giving-and-taking which prompts us to consider what and who is not being heard and what re-hearing might do to our self-understandings.

Nana Francisca Schottländer. 1977. She/they. Denmark.

Expanded Listening (2022)

To listen is to make myself available.

Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard. 1979. He/him. Denmark. 

It does (not) make (non)sence/sense; listening to entangled voices, softenings and vola (1 & 2) (2022)

To listen is for me an effort of instability. An often difficult and sometimes beautiful act of entanglement.

Possible project manager at Bureau for Listening. Unknown. They/them. Unknown.

Notes on a Possible Performance, 2022 

To listen is to a way of being which presence creates beautiful traces.

Randi Lindholm Hansen. 1990. She/her. Denmark. 

Choreography of Socialising Late in Life (2022)

To listen is my default setting.

Timmy Olivia Thyge Rosendal. 1996. She/they. Denmark. 

MAGINED REALITIES (2022)

To listen is to be curious, explore and aware of our surroundings, spaces and emotional states – In the present, the past and in imaginary realities.

Tobias Kirstein. 1972. He/him/ Denmark. 

Notes on Specters (2022)

To listen is a secret.

Yumna Martin. 1984. She/they. South Africa. 

Sharp Note (2022) 

Listening to my Feminine Lineages (2021)

To listen is to pause as the train siren rings, to stand on the balcony and watch the light of your neighbour as their infant cries, to be taken by the incessant song of cicadas to summer’s heat.

Bureau for Listening is an interdisciplinary collective working to promote listening as a critical, empathetic and open-ended practice.

Epilogue

 

 

 

Now we are back to the meeting. It is about creating this space for trust. [                                                                 ].

 

[                                               ]. It is also in some way scary.

 

To listen?

Yeah, but also being listened to. Maybe you see something I am trying to hide [                       ] maybe it takes some courage [           ].

 

 

 

Colophon

Anthology for Listening

Vol. I

 

Edited and published 2022 by Bureau for Listening, Copenhagen

Graphic work for printed version by Barbora Kováčová

Layout for online version by Bureau for Listening

 

© The artists, contributors and Bureau for Listening

 

ISBN (printed version): 978-87-974029-2-4

ISBN (online version: 978-87-974029-1-7

 

Printed version consists of 96 pages, riso printed at ACTUM Copenhagen, no cover and glue binding.

All hand sampled, painted, and numbered. 

Circulation of 100 numbered copies.

 

There is always a kind of ambivalence when publishing and offering space for work. Bureau for Listening acknowledges that our privilege has made this anthology possible. We still have a lot to learn, and we owe a fundamental thanks to forces, relations and beings outside of our scope. 

This anthology is attempted in a printed, online and live version. Each version offers different practices to thrive.

Below: the original open call for possible contributions for volume I.

Open Call  〜  Anthology for Listening

vol. I

 

Anthology for Listening vol. I

 

Submit your contribution or proposal to bureauforlistening@gmail.com

(Subject: Anthology for Listening)

 

Final date for submission: 19. October 2022 23.59.

Bureau for Listening is looking for your contribution to our first ever Anthology for Listening.

 

We are curious about your take on and interpretation of listening. We welcome contributions of any form and genre, any medium and any duration that relates to the concept of listening. Bureau for Listening is a trans-disciplinary collective working to promote listening as a critical, empathetic and open-ended practice.

 

The publication of Anthology for Listening will mark the 1-year anniversary of Bureau for Listening. It will be published online and as printed matter (in a sustainable way, most likely riso).