WFoS Performance: YOU + NON-YOU / Brett Ascarelli

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Join Brett Ascarelli to explore unconventional ways of paying attention to each other through creative listening assignments.

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An aspen. An ancestor. An adolescent. An alga. “You + Non-You: Assignments for Approaching Infinity” provides a set of assignments inviting you to try to embody elements of non-you things and beings whom you might not at first understand. Can listening help you find out where you overlap with a non-you, thereby revealing and even erasing the edge of your understanding? Some assignments hinge on making an actual connection with a non-you (like, picking up the phone), whereas others are faster and rely solely on your own imagination (think Ono’s Grapefruit). There won’t be any grades, but if you choose, you’ll be able to share the fruits of your labor.

Sign up to receive assignments throughout the festival. Indicate whether you’d like to receive them via WhatsApp, e-mail or SMS (only for iPhone). Most assignments will be delivered during the waking hours of Central European Time, but other deliveries may be timed to coincide with optimal conditions in your city or town, so please list where you are located.

Brett Ascarelli works as a public service radio journalist in Sweden. She also makes independent audio projects in which she is particularly interested in experimenting with different ways to create stories, including through assignments. Her indie project, the Assignment Bureau podcast, was one such test.

Her audio work has won an honorable mention at In The Dark – Sheffield Doc/Fest, it has also been played at the International Features Conference, and it has been nominated for a Prix Europa. She holds a Masters in Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Performing Arts and Media from the Stockholm University of the Arts and an M.F.A. in Experience Design from Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Duke University.

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.

Participants will be contacted by the author on the 6th of April to select best medium to stay in touch and receive assignments (e.g.SMS, WhatsApp, email).

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