Can conscious listening spark radical change?

 

Listening as activism. Acoustic ecology. Multispecies research. Soundscape studies. Climate change. Eco-grief. Wisdom keepers. Taking turns with Earth.

Around the world, transdisciplinary groups of artists, scientists, and activists in collaboration with their local communities, are listening to our imperiled planet’s messages around potential collapse — or hope for rehabilitation. Their research, which incorporates audio, video, text, and other creative platforms, implores us to witness what may disappear forever, as well as build, with great urgency, new networks of caregiving for the earth. The Witness shares this research through a global map that highlights the relationship between humans and our non-human kin.

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Check out the latest fragments that are regularly shared here by artists, researchers and communities from around the world.

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Field recording
Worldviews
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Inter-arts
Wisdom Keepers
Dance
Ethnomusicology
Wisdom Keepers

I am interested in music expanding consciousness. By expanding consciousness, I mean that old patterns can be replaced with new ones.
— Pauline Oliveros

At the height of great unrest in the 1960s, legendary composer Pauline Oliveros retreated from public performing and dove into sound experiments meant to soothe and heal. She later coined Deep Listening®, an embodied practice in which we intentionally and actively tune into, versus tune out, the sounds around and within us.

In 1989, Oliveros composed The Witness three open strategies for listening, attuning, and responding to ourselves and to one another. The score, along with Oliveros’s philosophies of community and collaboration and the practice and process of Deep Listening®, have inspired a vast constellation of projects over the decades. The Witness is both the seed of The Witness and the guiding principle around which the research projects are organized.

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Documenting the Chopi people's connection to nature
Archive of the future
Anthropology
Worlding
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Anthropology
Colonialism
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Anthropology
Climate change
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Deep listening practices
Listening as activism
Archive of the future
Anthropology
Healing
Archive of the future
Anthropology
Listening as activism