Be Hear Now is a four-week workshop series dedicated to the art of listening. We’ll discuss and engage in using sounds and listening as a mindfulness practice, an art practice, and a tool for ecological study. Sessions will include discussion, listening to recorded works, and hands-on practice or fieldwork. Suggestions for activities or readings between sessions will be offered but not required. A workbook for reflection and field notes will be provided, as well as links to supplemental readings, helpful websites, and suggestions for further study.
Session One: April 28th - Mindful Listening
Session Two: May 5th - Soundwalks: Art & Ecology
Session Three: May 12th - Capturing Sounds
Session Four: May 19th - Playing with Sounds
This series is open to all--no experience, expertise, or technical know-how required. Equipment, when needed, will be provided. Participants may attend individual sessions or register for the entire series at a discount.
Jess Speer is an artist, librarian, and relaxing lady. Her work, including field recordings, papercut collage, performance, zines, and installations, touches on questions of ecology, community, history, mortality, and memory. Jess and her husband Peter perform under the name The Speers, primarily creating live
improvisations with their library of LPs and modular synthesizers to find the hypnotic patterns hidden in ordinary sounds.
When: Saturdays, April 28, May 5, 12 & 19
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost (sliding scale):
Individual sessions: $10-$25
Entire series: $35-$90