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Walking Festival of Sound: Artist Walks / Elena Biserna

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As part of the WFOS 2021 we invite curator and researcher Elana Biserna to share her current practice of listening across borders.

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Combining examples of explorations of borders in the sound arts and a reflexion on my own project Hong Kong SoundBorderscapes (a mentorship program lead in 2019 to question the borders between Hong Kong and Mainland China) this talk proposes listening as a situated and relational methodology to problematize the linear, fixed image of borders conveyed by maps, to explore their temporal, dynamic and performative character as well as the (new) ways they manifest themselves in our everyday spaces and practices.

The sanitary crisis and the restrictions imposed by nation states on their territories have dramatically shown the ongoing power of geo-political borders, fostered their internalisation and generated new forms of embodied boundaries. Today more than ever, borders are less and less linear and rather become pervasive and mobile, while acquiring an unprecedented significance in every field of our life. On a global scale, some of the most important cultural, social, economical and political issues rise exactly from the dynamics between border reinforcement and border struggles. In order to account for these transformations, border studies have elaborated new notions and theoretical frameworks introducing more complex, multiple and process-based understandings of borders. In this framework, borders are thought as fluid spaces, continuously constructed, redefined, reinforced or transgressed by a multiplicity of discourses, practices and bodies and manifesting themselves in multiple forms and places, as apparatuses of selection, control and surveillance.

Elena Biserna is a scholar and independent curator based in Marseille. She is associate researcher at PRISM (AMU /CNRS) and TEAMeD (Université Paris 8). Her interests are focused on listening and on contextual, time-based art practices in relationship with urban dynamics, socio-cultural processes, the public and political sphere. She has taught at ESAAix-École Supérieure d'Art d'Aix-en-Provence, Aix-Marseille University and the Academy of fine art of Bologna. She has given talks at different conferences, festivals and events. Her articles and interviews have appeared in several international publications (Les Presses du Réel, Mimesis, Le Mot et le Reste, Errant Bodies, Amsterdam University Press, Cambridge Scholar, Castelvecchi, Bloomsbury, etc.) and journals. She co-curates the series La Membrane, the seminar Pratiques de l’écoute, écoute de pratiques at IMéRA Marseille and co-edits the column wi watt'heure of Revue & Corrigée with Carole Rieussec. As a curator, she has collaborated with several organisations and presented her projects in different contexts such as Manifesta 13 (Marseille); Q-O2 (Brussels), Standards (Milan), Locus Sonus (Aix-en-Provence), La Friche la Belle de Mai (Marseille), soundpocket (Hong Kong), Sant'Andrea degli Amplificatori (Bologna), Cona Zavod (Ljubljana), Xing (Bologna), Saout Radio, Centrale Fies – art work space (Dro).

Walking Festival of Sound is a transdisciplinary event exploring the role of walking through and listening to our everyday surroundings. It combines a number of free and public events including walking performances and walking seminars. Walking Festival of Sound facilitates a meeting point for an international network of practitioners and researchers interested in sound and walking. Through diverse events we explore how walking and listening practices can augment and challenge the way we perceive, navigate through, and care for our shared environments.

The Walking Festival of Sound 2021 is kindly funded by the Culture of Solidarity Fund.

The program of events is organised and curated by Jacek Smolicki and Tim Shaw.

http://wfos.net/

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