Acts of Listening and Urban Geography: Four Propositions of Sonic Knowledges About Territories

Le 28 juin 2021 à 12h30 - En ligne, accès libre.

Acts of Listening and Urban Geography: Four Propositions of Sonic Knowledges about Territories

Organized by IMéRA in partnership with nadine (BE) – Wandering Arts Biennial.

A conference curated by Anna Raimondo, artist, IMéRA fellow 2020-2021 (IT/BE), with Griselda Flesler (ARG), AM Kanngieser (AU), Gascia Ouzounian (UK).



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This conversation unfolds the premise that the production of knowledge, based on the gaze, implies a visual ideology, a normative way of seeing which is learnt and inherited.

In this regard, by echoing Judith Butler's reflections on the epistemological normative path which establishes «the bodies that matter» (Butler 2018), Paul Preciado refers especially to the «regime of the visible». With this formula, Preciado defines a form of a normative epistemology, based on the perspective, which acknowledges and makes legitimate reality according to previous binary normative schemes (such as: man/ woman; black/white; valid/invalid).

In light of these considerations, what is the epistemologic approach to territories and landscapes within a discipline like urban geography? How does the regime of the visible operate in this field? In a phenomenological and trans-disciplinary approach to the land, «the gaze of the field-worker is part of the problematic, not a tool of analysis» (Gillian Rose, p. 87).

These reflections lead to the main question of this conversation: how could the acts of listening, intended as both oral and sonic analysis and production of the heard, contribute to produce forms of alternative and more inclusive forms of knowledges in this discipline? What would be the epistemological implications of the shifting from perspective to the listening of a specific territory?

In this conversation, listening is intended as a potential that «augments, expands and critically evaluates how we see the world and how we arrange ourselves to live in it» (Salome Voegelin, 2014). The idea is to put in dialogue four different experiences of practice-based research in relation to urban geography, which propose forms of «sonic situated knowledges» (Annie Goh) dealing with plural and inclusive representations, narrations, processes of coalition building of and within specific territories.

  • Gascia Ouzounian will explore the sonic counter-mapping of cities: urban sound maps that resist and counter official narratives of urban spaces and communities. She will examine projects by artists, activists, and scholars including Allie Martin, Anna Raimondo, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Samuel Thulin, and Matilde Meireles. Her discussion will consider how their sonic counter-mappings reveal the acoustic city as an unstable site of contestation in which certain social and economic interests are upheld and others are repressed; and how sonic counter-mappings can engage and alter the dynamics of belonging and citizenship in the acoustic city.
  • Griselda Flesler will present some initial ideas about public spaces in the context of the feminist and sexual dissidence agenda in Argentina. In particular, she will speak about the "Public Voices" project and her research on queer uses of university space.
  • Anna Raimondo will speak about her ongoing artistic practice based PhD research «New genders of listening: voices, bodies, silences and territories», by exploring in particular the potentialities of what she defines as «gendered listening», as a tool of coalition building, analysis and counternarration of specific territories. She will share some of her audio works which propose an intersectional feminist and plural narrations of the territories we inhabit, according to our most significant places.
  • AM Kanngieser, informed by over two decades of collaborative sonic ethnographic work with communities in Europe, Asia and Oceania, will focus, in this talk, on the importance of situating oneself in connection to both communities and to land through listening practices. They will show how they approach environments and communities through understandings of relationality and interdependencies, the importance of moving away from narratives of trauma and deficit, knowing when one’s presence is harmful and unwanted and how to take it with grace and leave with appreciation. 
  • The conversation will be followed by a Question and Answer session.



Butler J. 2018: Ces corps qui comptent. De la materialité et des limites discursives du “sexe”, Paris: Editions Amsterdam

Gillian R. 1993: Feminism and Geography. The Limits of Geographical Knowledge, Polity Press.

Goh, A. 2017: « Sounding Situated Knowledges: Echo in Archaeoacoustics », in J. Lavender dir. Parallax, Leiden: Taylor & Francis Group (Volume 23, Issue 3: "Sounding/Thinking")

Voegelin S. 2014: Sonic Possible Worlds: Hearing the Continuum of Sound, New York: Bloomsbury Academic



Griselda Flesler

Born in Mar del Plata, Argentina in 1976. Graphic designer and Master in Communication Design (FADU-UBA). PhD student in Social Cs. University of Buenos Aires. Professor in Design and Gender Studies and of the postgraduate courses “Design, Feminist Theory and Gender Studies” and “Gender Perspective at the University” (FADU-UBA ). Head of the Gender Office FADU-UBA, General Director of “Public Voices”, a collective sound recording project in the context of public feminist marches in Latin American Countries and Switzerland ( Co-director of design and gender project supported by Gendered Design in STEAM for LMICs from Carleton University-Canada. Member of the IPHI Award committee of the International Gender Design Network. Since 1998 she is a university teacher. She has been invited to teach classes at different Argentine and foreign universities like UPV/EHU, Spain, UDELAR, Uruguay, UAM and UNAM, Mexico and FHNW, Switzerland.

Anna Raimondo

Anna Raimondo uses voice and listening as a platform for encounter, collaboration and exchange, as tools for the diffraction of identities. Questioning the limits between genders, both private and public, she activates or deconstructs cultural practices to encourage and reveal the fluid notions of identity.

She completed an MA in Sound Arts at the London College of Communication (UAL, London, UK) and runs a practice-based Phd between Arba (Royale Académie de Beaux Arts) and ULB University in Brussels (BE) “New Genders of Listening: Voices, Bodies and Territories”. She has participated in several international solo and collective exhibitions including: « Io dico Io » at la Galleria Nazionale in Rome in 2021 (IT); « Brx Universelle II – » at La Centrale for Contemporary Art in Brussels (BE); manifesta13 Marseille in 2020 (FR); the solo show “Fronte Nazionale Naso Partenopeo” at Albumarte in 2020 (Roma, IT); “Signale - Espaces Réciproques” at the Friche la Belle de Mai in 2020 (Marseille, FR); “Nada que declarar"  at Matienzo in 2019 (Buenos Aires, AR); etc. She has won the prize of the city in the frame of the contemporary art prize Médiatine in 2018 and the Palma Ars Acustica in 2016.

AM Kanngieser

AM Kanngieser is a geographer, sound artist and Marie Curie Research Fellow in Geography at Royal Holloway University of London. They are the author of Experimental Politics and the Making of Worlds (2013) and Between Sound and Silence: Listening towards Environmental Relations (forthcoming), and have published in interdisciplinary journals including South Atlantic Quarterly, Progress in Human Geography and Environment and Planning D. Their collaborative audio work has been featured on Documenta 14 Radio, BBC 3, ABC Radio National, The Natural History Museum London, Arts Centre Melbourne, Radio del Museo Reina Sofía, Deutschland Radio and QAGOMA. They are part of the Institute for Freshwater Fish Futures. 

Gascia Ouzounian

Gascia Ouzounian is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Oxford, where she directs the project "Sonorous Cities: Toward a Sonic Urbanism". Her work is concerned with the philosophies, technologies, and aesthetic ideologies that shape ideas of sound and space, within and across such fields as music, sound art, psychology, engineering, and urban design. She is the author of « Stereophonica: Sound and Space in Science, Technology, and the Arts".