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Sense Safari: Sounding out Greenwich
Thu 25 May 2017, 18:30 – 20:00 BST
Sounding out Greenwich is an adventure in listening. What are the sounds of Greenwich at twilight?
What does it mean to listen to the buildings, listen to the neighbourhood, listen to the surroundings?
Individually and as a group, walking partly in silence, you will explore how your sense of hearing is embodied and experience collective listening.
As children we learnt to tip-toe - to move as silently as we could to create a sense of surprise. We also learnt that by whispering it was harder to be overheard. Eaves-dropping on others required stealth and for us to remain silent. How often do we listen to the sounds we make ourselves, when standing still or walking? The sounds we make elicit responses from the environment through which we pass. These are sounds close by, but our hearing offers us the ability to hear sounds emanating or carried from further away.
Darkness reduces our vision and our other senses are heightened. What we hear may forewarn us or encourage us to move forward, but we are not at our most confident when out and about after dark. Togetherness may bring courage, through trust, but it also provides a collective way to listen and explore.
On this Sense Safari, Greenwich will be revealed in a new way.
Photo credit: Paul Cook - participant in our March walkshop