Sound, Listening and Filmic Experience

Sep 2023  

Two Evenings on Sound, Listening and Filmic Experience
hosted by Brandon Labelle

Thursday, September 21 / 18:00-22:00

Silvia Maglioni and Graeme Thomson

LIKE LICHENS LISTEN (Variation V) – video-sound installation, with reading by the artists of their new book b for the birds (at 21:00)

Saturday, September 23 / 19:30

ALMARE project & Radio Papesse

Life Chronicles of Dorothea Ïesj S.P.U.screening and presentation by the artists with Radio Papesse (film is in Italian with English subtitles)

Free Entry

Silvia Maglioni and Graeme Thomson,LIKE LICHENS LISTEN(Variation V)

Coinciding with the publication of their new book “b for the birds” (Errand Bodies Press), Silvia Maglioni & Graeme Thomson present LIKE LICHENS LISTEN (Variation V). Inspired by the symbiotic interactions of lichens and the extraordinary solidarity of the vegetal world that fosters collaboration between organisms of completely different natures, LIKE LICHENS LISTEN recreates an immersive space where we can dwell in an awareness of deep time. Images of the Garajonay Forest (La Gomera), an ancient living organism that contains an enormous variety of endangered plants – last vestiges of the vegetation that covered most of Europe millions of years ago – are visited by visual and sonic shadows that gradually reveal the names of extinct bird species, entangled with poetic text fragments. This magical ecosystem, with its shifting electroacoustic soundscape, invites us to re-enchant the world and listen to the play of inter-species alliances.

Graeme Thomson & Silvia Maglioni are filmmakers, artists and researchers whose work explores the porous borders between fiction and documentary, the visible and the invisible, the audible and what has been silenced. Focusing on the reactivation of lost, forgotten or silenced archives and histories, their practice includes the creation of films, mixed-media installations, soundworks, film-performances, radio shows, vernacular technologies and books. In dialogue with literature, philosophy, music and science, their work is research-based, process-oriented and trans-disciplinary, proposing new forms of collective vision and engagement with contemporary thought and politics.  


ALMARE project, Life Chronicles of Dorothea Ïesj S.P.U.

curated by Radio Papesse

Life Chronicles Of Dorothea Ïesj S.P.U. is a film & audio novel in three episodes written and directed by Almare and curated by Radio Papesse. Set in a fictional society, the trilogy follows the adventures of researcher Dorothea Ïesj as she extracts sounds from the past.

At the frontier of radio, film, and literature formats, the trilogy is inspired by pseudo-scientific theories developed in the 19th century, at the same time as the growing development of recording technologies. These included archaeoacoustics, which suggested the possibility of tracing acoustic phenomena of the past that remained “engraved” in matter. Life Chronicles of Dorothea Ïesj S.P.U. investigates the link between data capitalism, technology, and value creation, reflecting on the use of archaeological artefacts, archives, and memory as instruments of power and control.

Life Chronicles of Dorothea Ïesj S.P.U. is promoted in collaboration with Timespan and produced thanks to the support of the Italian Council – a program to promote Italian art by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity of the Italian Ministry of Culture and Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo.

ALMARE / Founded in Turin in 2017 by Amos Cappuccio, Giulia Mengozzi, Luca Morino and Gabbi Cattani, ALMARE is a collective dedicated to contemporary practices that use sound as an expressive medium. ALMARE works between artistic and curatorial practices, through writing, research, sound and music production, concert organisation, performance lectures, talks and exhibitions. In 2020, ALMARE inaugurated the production of the audio series Life Chronicles of Dorothea Ïesj S.P.U. In 2021, it contributed to founding the network project The Listeners, which it is a member of along with Metamorfosi Notturne and Cripta 747.

RADIO PAPESSE is a web radio and online audio archive devoted to contemporary art. Founded in 2006 and curated by Ilaria Gadenz and Carola Haupt, it produces and distributes documentaries and interviews. Using radio as an artistic tool and language, Radio Papesse works with museums and cultural institutions to talk about contemporary art processes and practices. It hosts and commissions experimental sound and radio works, inviting artists and audio makers to renew the rules of broadcasting and audio storytelling. Between 2018 and 2020, it was an associate researcher at Pratiques d’Hospitalité – Platform for critical research and political imagination, and is a member of the scientific committee of the Interdepartmental Research Centre in Radiophony at UNIRSM – University of San Marino.