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Conference – Soundings 2022

Assemblies of Listenings and Voices Across the Souths


Akademie der Künste Berlin Hanseatenweg
August 21-25, 2022

What do sounds and music mean to those who do not recognise their tradition, culture or worldview in the globally dominant Eurocentric artistic and intellectual sound art and music practices? Who derive their listening from other origins, other contexts, other myths, and other models than those common in Western modernity? Who pursue their own attitude to sound and music outside the Euro-American cultural and scientific establishment?

Over 5 days, their ways of listening, their aesthetic conditions, their knowledges, their goals and aspirations will be voiced, heard and exchanged in open conversations, open musical forms, open discourses. Decolonisation thus understood not as the process of exonerating of cultural establishments, but as an opportunity to think, to listen, to sound and to learn from each other without having to place oneself within the sonic histories of Europe: discussions and listening situations that evolve outside and counter to currently hegemonic cultural spheres. We invite attentive listeners and sounders from around the globe!

Take a look at the full programme here.


Please register here.

More information about the event:

Sound Across platform

Conversation with members of the Steering Committee (Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, Nguyễn Thanh Thủy and Glaucia Peres da Silva)

Steering Committee:

Oladele Ayorinde, Sandeep Bhagwati, Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, Murat Gürel, Sandipan Nath, Nguyễn Thanh Thủy, Bhavisha Panchia, Glaucia Peres da Silva, Deniza Popova


SOUNDINGS is produced by matralab Montréal and Sound Across Den Haag, and financially and/or strategically supported by Akademie der Künste Berlin, Creative Industries Fund The Netherlands, inm / field notes berlin, Sounds Now and Ultima Festival Oslo.

Context and roles of the institutions: The Akademie der Künste and the inm – intiative neue musik berlin / field notes have been organizing conferences since 2019, with the Ultima Festival Oslo and the Sounds Now network joining in 2020. After an open space in 2019 and a first hybrid symposium in 2020, which were primarily led by the institutions, an advisory board was installed for the second edition of the symposium in 2021 to define the thematic priorities and format. At the Soundings gathering in August 2022, the power in the decision-making process shifts once again: content and planning decisions are the responsibility of the Steering Committee and the network that has grown up around it. AdK, inm / field notes, Ultima and Sounds Now Network now support the project as merely silent partners.

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