After a busy first few months of this year with a full artist residency schedule at the Spatial Sound Institute, preparation of new long-term projects and technology developments (about all of which we will announce more soon), we are excited to now reveal our new programme in collaboration with TEDxDanubia. 4DSOUND: Reflections From The Inner Mirror presents spatial sound performances, sound sculptures, participative lectures and inspirational talks that explore the body, the senses and consciousness through listening.
"Most of our time is spent thinking about what is going on in the world outside of us. We are occupied with our position in society, with work responsibilities, with fellow passengers sitting around us on the bus or train, what needs to be fixed in our house and what the media are reporting about the state of the world. When we look at ourselves in the mirror, we see ourselves from outside, we see the features of our body, we catch our appearance, the look on our face. But how, and when, are we enabled to look inside ourselves?"
Listening, in essence, provides us with an inner mirror. Listening is the act of attention - to become aware of our experience as it is unfolding, from moment to moment. Listening is embodied experience - everything we hear is an event inside of us, something physical, vibration felt on the skin, in the tissues and cavities of the body. So when we are listening to space, we are listening to ourselves - we perceive our connectedness to the environment and other beings within it.
We are losing our sensitivity to listening, as we are pulled into the stream of new media, technologies and digital environments that are evolving around us. Our attention is becoming increasingly fragmented and disrupted by the omnipresence of information and all-encompassing noise that is invading our environments. Recently we are moving with rapid speed into a new era of augmented and virtual realities that are taking over our lives, without being fully cognisant of the consequences, and what we might be leaving behind.
4DSOUND, through the use of spatial sound technology, cultivates listening as a medium to investigate our inner systems of perception. If we look beyond the typical ways we consume and enjoy sound, we recognise there is a need to discover new forms of interaction with sound that are more participative - and that there is a need to define new practices with sound that will enhance our relationship with listening.
With a programme of sonic acupuncture, social-sonic encounters and immersive sonic meditations, 4DSOUND: Reflections From The Inner Mirror presents provocative and unexpected ways of interaction with sound in space. Deeply exploratory and experimental, these forms make use of some of the most advanced sound technologies available at present, but also refer back to some of the oldest forms of cultural exchange with sound.
The programme is presented in concordance with TEDxDanubia’s multi-disciplinary conference exploring one of the most formative questions throughout history: alone or together? Answers to this dilemma have been at the core of our individual and collective identities, and have been the engines of progress or disaster, both on a personal or a civilisational level. As the 21st century unfolds around us, our new world of emerging hyper-connectedness with new opportunities and new dangers for people and nations alike, the relevance of this question seems sharper than ever.
As part of the discourse around spatial listening in the context of the conference, there will be publication of a long-form essay by 4DSOUNDs Creative Director John Connell. 'Learning to Listen Again' examines the impact of noise pollution in our physical and digital spaces, and suggests new directions by focused listening practices and spatial sound technologies.
On Thursday May 4TH 4DSOUNDs Founder Paul Oomen gives a talk at the TEDxDanubia Conference at MÜPA Budapest investigating the nature of listening itself, addressing its relationship with the evolution of our environments and the choice we have in the present to cultivate a new ecology of listening.
We continue the programme on Friday May 5TH 17:00-23:00h at the Spatial Sound Institute in Budapest combining spatial sound experiences with participative lectures and talks. More event info can be found HERE.
Finally, on Saturday May 13TH 13:00-23:00h we explore the subject of deep listening from within, with a 10-hour durational programme of ongoing immersive sonic meditations. More event info can be found HERE.
As part of the programme, we welcome again actor, dramaturge, vocal coach and long-term 4DSOUND collaborator Robert Jan Liethoff to present 'Space Body Intelligence', a participative listening experience that invites the audience to explore questions and ideas on the perception of sound. How does working with spatial sound affect us, physically and mentally? What kind of environment is supportive to enable listening in a more differentiated way? What do our ears consider a healthy sound texture? And what influence does this have on our awareness of space, both internal and external? The audience listens to spatial sound images while working through several perceptual tasks and questions, which address their perception and physicality.
We are also excited to present ‘Pulse Project’ by acupuncturist and sound artist Michelle Lewis-King. Based on reading the pulses of audience participants according to traditional Chinese medicine, Lewis-King generates real-time immersive, interactive and spatially dynamic soundscapes that the audience can physically enter and walk through. In this way, an audience can experience the sonic landscape of an individual's interior body. The resulting soundscapes materialise the unique infrasonic resonances hidden within and between human beings, and in essence simulate a form of sonic acupuncture in time-space.
In preparation of each performance of ‘Pulse Project’, Michelle Lewis-King will host individual pulse reading sessions for a very limited amount of participants. The resulting soundscapes of the participants’ bodies are the subject of the performances in 4DSOUND throughout the programme.
Russian sound artist and researcher IOANN has been artist-in-residence at the Spatial Sound Institute since November 2016 conducting research on multi-dimensional concepts of space. Who said that what we perceive is the real world, rather than a shadow theatre, the projection of something more complex that surpasses our ordinary renditions of perception? How could we then recognise four-dimensional objects, if they would exist? And if there is a fourth dimension, what prevents the existence of a fifth? His resulting work 'Imagining the Hyperspace' is a series of geometrical sound sculptures in space. The intention of the work is to enable the listener an intuitive, physically embodied experience of complex multidimensional structures and geometrical concepts. The work invites the audience to explore space beyond our ordinary perception, to discover what else is inherent to human nature and how we are able to evolve consciousness.
The programme also proudly features 'The Sound Is The Scenery' by multidisciplinary artist Rona Geffen, who utilizes sound, light and colours to perform a modern-day sacral ritual, creating an immersive sonic environment intended as a place for meditation, elevation of consciousness and stimulation of personal growth. The audience is taken on a journey starting from an inward meditative state and from there, through the solar system, the galaxy, and then back home, to earth and the self. The work is based on sounds tuned to the frequencies of the rotation of planets in our solar system, placing it in the lineage of exploration of the ‘Harmony of Spheres’ and investigating its relationship with traditional and contemporary sound healing practices, geometry and mathematics.
Geffen's research and performance incorporate the work of collaborators Alessandra Leone (visual and light installation) and Claire Aoi (mathematics and processing).
Entrance to all events is FREE.
Reservation is obligatory. If you’d like to attend, please send your registration for the programme to RSVP@4DSOUND.NET
Friday May 5 17:00-23:00
15:00-17:00 Individual Pulse Reading Session by Michelle Lewis-King (APPOINTMENT REQUIRED)
DOORS OPEN 16:00
17:00 Lecture: Space Body Intelligence by Robert Jan Liethoff
18:00 Pulse Project no. 1 by Michelle Lewis-King
18:30 The Sound Is The Scenery by Rona Geffen
19:15 Pulse Project no. 2 by Michelle Lewis-King
19:45 Artist Talk with Robert Jan Liethoff, Michelle Lewis-King, Ivan Sapozhkov, Rona Geffen, Claire Aoi and Alessandra Leone. Moderated by Paul Oomen
21:00 Pulse Project no. 3 by Michelle Lewis-King
21:30 Lecture: Imagining The Hyperspace by IOANN
22:30 Pulse Project no. 4 by Michelle Lewis-King
BAR OPEN FROM 16:00-00:00
VEGAN FOOD at the bar from 18:00-21:00 RESERVATION REQUIRED
Saturday May 13 13:00-23:00
11:00-13:00 Individual Pulse Reading Session by Michelle Lewis-King APPOINTMENT REQUIRED
DOORS OPEN 12:00
13:00 Imagining The Hyperspace: Point by IOANN
13:30 Pulse Project: No 1 by Michelle Lewis-King
14:00 Imagining The Hyperspace: Line by IOANN
14:30 Pulse Project: No 2 by Michelle Lewis-King
15:00 Imagining The Hyperspace: Triangle by IOANN
15:30 The Sound Is The Scenery by Rona Geffen
16:15 Pulse Project: No 3 by Michelle Lewis-King
16:30 Imagining The Hyperspace: Tetrahedron by IOANN
17:15 Pulse Project: No 4 by Michelle Lewis-King
17:45 Imagining The Hyperspace: Cube by IOANN
18:15 Pulse Project: No 5 by Michelle Lewis-King
18:45 Imagining The Hyperspace: Pentatope by IOANN
19:15 Pulse Project: No 6 by Michelle Lewis-King
19:45 Imagining The Hyperspace: Tesseract by IOANN
20:15 The Sound Is The Scenery by Rona Geffen
21:00 Pulse Project: No 7 by Michelle Lewis-King
21:30 Imagining The Hyperspace: Orthoplex by IOANN
22:00 Pulse Project: No 8 by Michelle Lewis-King
22:30 Imagining The Hyperspace: Octaplex by IOANN
BAR OPEN FROM 12:00-00:00
VEGAN FOOD at the bar from 16:00-21:00 RESERVATION REQUIRED