Beyond Listening: Agency, Art and the Environment

21 November, 2023 to 25 November, 2023

International Symposium on Sonic Ecologies
21 to 25 November, 2023
Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest (MOME)

The aim of the conference is to provide a transdisciplinary forum for the achievements in recent years and to foster further exchanges, communication and networking during the years to come. We would like to pay special attention to the region of Central Europe, but the geopolitical range of its subjects remains open to the broader world.

General Information about the Symposium

Programme: 21 to 25 November, 2023

Installations (ongoing)

Tuesday 21 November — Welcome

19:00–20:45 Listening session I

Wednesday 22 November — Presentations

10:00–11:00 Keynote: Budhaditya Chattopadhyay: Post-immersive Listening: Perspectives on the Mediation of Sonic Environments

11:00–11:30 break

11:30–12:00 Ida Hirsenfelder: Empathic Atmospheres. Sonic stories for a sensitive cohabitation

12:00–12:30 Piotr Kędziora Something fragile. Ambient listening & background musics qualia

12:30–13:00 Maja Bjelica: Experiencing Listening: Essay in Environmental Ethics of Care

13:00–14:00 lunch break

14:00-14:30 Kristine Diekman and Ben Pagac: Secret Reception

14:30–15:00 Liz K. Miller: Listening with Diagrams

15:00–15:30 Julius Fujak: Sonic Environments as the Mirror of Culture (As A Challenge for Artistic Testimony)

15:30–16:00 break

16:00–16:30 Polina Khatsenka: Elbe_Labe

16:30–19:30 break and dinner

19:00–20:45 Listening session II

Thursday 23 November — Presentations

10:00–11:00 Keynote: Gascia Ouzounian: Death Cities: Hearing Atmospheric and Spatial Violence

11:00–11:30 break

11:30–12:00 Martin Heslop: Sound Sanctuaries

12:00–12:30 Bálint Kiss: Sound, Noise, and Master Plans

12:30–13:00 Shluk: Noise Pollution and Sound Beyond Sound

13:00–14:00 lunch break

14:00–14:30 Jan Solčáni: Envisioning Possible Futures Through Sound Mapping: House of Culture Družba

14:30–15:00 Magdalena Manderlová: Kozmic Sounds (Bird Reserve)

15:00–15:30 Sam Auinger and Peter Cusack: Braunschweig hört sich zu

15:30–16:00 break

16:00–16:30 Ari Koivumäki: Implementing Comfortable Soundscapes in Urban Spaces

16:30–17:00 Gabi Schaffner: Datscha Radio: Radio as Experimental Ethnography

17:00–19:30 break, dinner

19:00–20:45 Listening session III (8-channel)

Friday 24 November



If participants would like to bring something to sound on/with (an instrument, an object, etc.) they are very welcome. Depending on space available, it might be nice to go outside, so I advise that people wear clothing they are comfortable in. Technically, it would be useful to have some chairs that people can sit on if needed.

13:00–15:00 Jacek Smolicki: Soundwalking through time, space and technologies

15:00–16:00 Sam Auinger / Peter Cusack: Soundwalk

16:00–17:00 Workshop summaries for all workshops (Film Studio)

17:00–19:30 break, dinner

19:00–20:45 Listening session IV (cube 8-channel)

Saturday 25 November — Presentations / Closing Day

10:00–11:00 Keynote: Jacek Smolicki: A walk in the forest

11:00–11:30 break

11:30–12:00 Abby Lee Tee: Beavers in the City, Their Vocalizations and Human Noise

12:00–12:30 Georgios Varoutsos: Sounding Covid-19

12:30–13:00 Hannah Kemp-Welch: Listening Pedagogies for Community-based Art

13:00–14:00 break

14:00-14:30 Hanna Grześkiewicz: Sounding Borderlessness in the Białowieża Forest

14:30–15:00 Guillaume Loizillon: Territories

15:00–15:30 Ramon De Marco: Klangweg Toggenburg

15:30–16:00 Eric Leonardson: Summary of 2023 WFAE Conference

16:00–17:00 Round table: How to Activate Ecology of Sound Beyond Listening?

  • Grant Smith, Peter Cusack, Ida Hirsenfelder, Mary Edwards, Csaba Hajnóczy, Hanna Kemp-Welch, Eric Leonardson, Jacek Smolicki, Csaba Hajnóczy, Ramon De Marco, and others..moderated by Miloš Vojtěchovský


The project is supported by the Visegrad Fund



Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem, Faculty of Art and Design

Institute of Cultural Studies, University of Wrocław, The Soundscape Research Studio

Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, Department of Cultural Studies, Faculty of Arts

Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest, Media Institute

Prohelvetia Swiss Arts Council