Masterclass – Sound Knowledge

February 13-15, 2020: Studio Naxos / Goethe University Frankfurt

Exploring the Dramaturgies, Philosophies, and Politics of Listening

Theatre Studies, Institute for Theatre, Film and Media Studies, Goethe Universität Frankfurt/M., in cooperation with Studio Naxos
Coordinated by Ramona Mosse, Nikolaus Müller-Schöll, and Enrico Pitozzi

How can we think listening dramaturgically, philosophically and politically? In this year’s masterclass we want to explore this question in order to account for the rising importance of aural cultures in and beyond the contemporary theatrical stage. A focus on the aural has been noteworthy in much new research in the humanities and social sciences of the last 15 years, with Sound Studies as an interdisciplinary field at the center of these investigations. Meanwhile innovative performance formats (such as headphone theatres, sound walks and immersive performances) have engaged with sound and listening, often in response to the expanding possibilities of digital media. On a conceptual level, the radical relationality of listening gives an opportunity to interrogate visual paradigms, to understand perception as a multimodal process, and to investigate attention economies as well as the constitutive role of the auditory in the making of the public sphere. 

The masterclass concludes one of Prof. Enrico Pitozzi’s seminars, which he is offering in the Winter Semester as part of his stay as the Friedrich Hölderlin Guest Professor in Comparative Dramaturgy; independent contributions and attendance are also welcome. The masterclass allows students to present their own research results and offer them up for discussion. In addition, talks and roundtables with guest artists and researchers will complement the student-led panels.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Location: Studio Naxos, Waldschmidtstr. 19

18:00 – 18:15Opening
18:15 – 19:15Rasmus Nordholt: Musical Relations: Resonance, Methexis, Modulations
19:15 – 20:00Reception
20:00 – 21:00Performance Gesten der Zärtlichkeit (directed by Simon Möllendorf)
21:00 – 21:45Artist Talk with Simon Möllendorf & performers
22:00 – 23:00Film Screening & Discussion with Enrico Pitozzi

Friday, February 14, 2020

Location: Goethe University, Westend Campus, IG-Farben Building, Room 1.411

Listening to the Subaltern

10:00 – 11:30Mounira Zennia: Imperfect Sense
Marque Pham: De- and Re-Territorialization Through Sound
Aria Baghestani: Oral stories: Listening, Retelling, Resisting
11:30 – 12:00Break
12:00 – 13:00Andrea Geissler: Miskin Al Jaza’ir: A mixtape for a
non-national radio show 
Antigone Akgün: Theatre of the Speechless
13:00 – 14:00Catered lunch
14:00 – 15:00Inga Bendukat & Eva Döhne: About the loss of the body
and the lamentation of mothers

Listening Intermedially

15:00 – 16:00Maren Haffke: This Must Be Underwater Love:
Field Recordings, Acoustic Ecologies, and Non-Human Musicians
16:00 – 16:30Break
16:30 – 17:30Agne Pupelyte: Visual-Acoustic Renditions of Classical Music 
Rupert Jaud: Sonic Worlds & Audio Augmented Reality
17:30 – 17:45Break
17:45 – 20:00Film Screening & Discussion with Rembert Hüser

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Location: Goethe University, Westend Campus, IG-Farben Building, Room 1.411

Listening to the Political

10:00 – 11:00Artist Talk with Hannes Seidl (Artist Collective Kötter/Seidl)
11:00 – 12:00Ilit Ferber: ‘In Voice Land’: Walter Benjamin’s Radio Work for Children
12:00 – 12:45Catered Lunch
12:45 – 13:45Ramona Mosse: Listening to Democracy
13:45 – 14:45Jonathan Kirn: The Waves In-Between – The Relation of Sound,
Space and Body
Marten Weise: From Listening to Being-With: Jean-Luc Nancy’s
Reading of Hannah Arendt’s onto-political Thinking

You can find the Call for Contributions here and the printable program here.