Elin Már will begin their talk by introducing their listening artistic practice and offer a collective deep-listening meditation. Deep Listening is an aesthetic philosophy and life practice cultivated by the late American composer Pauline Oliveros.
With our senses warmed up, and our listening attention more in place, Elin Már will play a mini-concert, inviting you to eavesdrop on the mesmerizing soundscapes from the Røst archipelago in Nordland, Northern Norway/Sápmi, where they are based. Soundscape Røst is Elin Már’s decade-long artistic research, listening and recording the silencing of the bird mountains of the Røst archipelago. The population of one of Northern Europe most numerous seabird colonies has dramatically declined in the past forty years, due to climate change, pollution, and historic overfishing.
We will also take time to collectively do a sound play and contemplate what non-hierarchical listening can be. Listening is a fundamentally relational act, and it is also therapeutical and transformational. We will talk about listening to ourselves and our bodies, to each other, to our communities (human and non-human), and to the environment. We will pay attention to deep listening and sensing as care, and as a tool of paying attention to the past- present-future; beyond the Western construction of linear time.