Lecture by Elin Mar Øyen Vister “Listening and Sensing as an Artistic Practice and Method”

Lecture by Elin Mar Øyen Vister “Listening and Sensing as an Artistic Practice and Method”Lecture by Elin Mar Øyen Vister “Listening and Sensing as an Artistic Practice and Method”


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.


Elin Már Øyen Vister is artist and forager with their base on Røst, South -Westernmost part of Lofoten (Norway/Sápmi). With a broad background in audio and music (as DJ and producer, and in-field recording and radio), they bring an interdisciplinary approach and experience of a multitude of practices to their expression. Már is occupied with listening as a life practice and as a way to compose, sense, and experience the world, much inspired by Pauline Oliveros’s Deep Listening philosophy and aesthetic philosophy.  Már’s work wishes to break with Western patriarchal hegemonic narratives that have placed the human being in the center and instead focuses on the landscape’s innate stories and knowledge, influenced by indigenous methodologies and indebted to and informed by queer, intersectional, multicultural, and pluriversal understandings of life and the cosmos.


Free admission with advance registration.

The event is in English with simultaneous interpretation.


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