Field Studies 2017
Leeds, 12–15 Oct 2017
Workshops + Symposium + Performances

‘What is absolutely essential for being a composer or performer or indeed a person in the next decade or two is a serious ability to adjust to a continuous rate of technological change unprecedented in the history of our species.’
Pauline Oliveros, 2001.

In tribute to Pauline Oliveros, who died in November 2016, this programme brought together musicians, artists, theorists, curators and scholars to explore modes of listening, in particular the relation of listening and attunement to perceptions of change and transformation. Alongside her work on Deep Listening, Oliveros’ work pursued the next technology, for example anticipating the internet through forms of telematic and networked performance, or in developing the Expanded Instrument System. These practices of listening with technology as ways of inviting transformation, of facing and renewing the future, appear intertwined in her writing and her music.

The programme was structured in parallel sessions, combining practical workshops, talks, panel discussions, and academic papers together with performances, exhibition visits and screenings, including contributions from IONE, Don Ihde, Annie Jamieson (Museum of Science & Media), Paolo Thorsen-Nagel (documenta14) and filmmaker Daniel Weintraub amongst many others.