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Sound & Participation: workshops
19/02/2018 - 03/03/2018

NOTE: Registration for the workshops is required! The fee is 20 euro per workshop. Send an e-mail with the workshop(s) of your choice to to book your place. Bookings take place on a first come first served basis. The reply you will receive contains all the details for bank transfer to confirm your participation.


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Monday 19 – Friday 23 February


Tim Parkinson – Time with people

(venue tbc, with five-day commitment)

Using absurdity, humour, and non-narrativity to redefine notions of music and memory, Time With People (2013) is an hour-long music and theatre work by British composer Tim Parkinson (1973). As Parkinson writes, the opera in seven scenes for ten people and assorted objects “redefines fundamentals of opera from its 16th century origins… reconceived from elements of 21st century post-historical culture.” Time With People is not an opera in the traditional sense. There are no characters, costumes, or even orchestral instruments. The piece hearkens back to the traditional sense of an opera as a collection of works, yet upends tradition by largely removing music and the orchestra, leaving behind only fragments, both musical and literal: recorded excerpts of Handel and Rossini begin and end the work, while a trash-strewn set serves as an orchestra of found objects as the performers wade through it.



Sunday 25 February 10h – 17h


Anna Raimondo – New Boundaries of the Wellness of the Vaginal Ecosystem

(venue Q-O2, Brussels – 8 participants)

The workshop consists of collective walks and deep listening in the city of Brussels. Each walk begins from a place that is significant to one participant and developed into a joint dérive by collectively following the hearing of whoever had proposed the walk‚as beginning point. During these walks, each participant is invited to take personal notes (recordings, visual notes, or writing) about her presence in each specific context in that moment. Special attention will be payed to the experience of listening in these places. Eventually, shared material from the workshop can be brought together into a radio show or collective audio(visual) work.



Wednesday 28 February 10h – 17h


Bill Dietz – L’école de la claque

(venue tbc, Brussels – 10 participants)

That the modern European concert format and its concertante listening are exemplary instances of the historical “public sphere” is a foundational assumption tacitly accompanying much “critical” music production. If, however, the public sphere is retroactively understood as a universalising projection of an exclusive cadre, where does this leave contemporary efforts to think and to counter the algorithmic seeding of publicness that characterises recent political history? Can we imagine non-nostalgic forms of convocation? Following Dietz’ eponymously titled work for the 2017 Donaueschinger Musiktage and its accompanying publication, the workshop invites participants to boo and cheer their way through a history of concert publicness.



Manuela Naveau – Knowledge or Non-knowledge

(venue Q-O2, Brussels – 12 participants)

The internet not only makes it necessary for us to redefine terms such as the masses and the individual, it also focuses attention on forms of participation that occur involuntarily and unconsciously. In the workshop, we begin by looking into case studies about sonic participation, after which we will collectively work, develop, and present our thoughts and efforts to investigate the subject of participation in a way that is grounded in our networked reality – as a means of navigating a course between romanticised conceptions like emancipation and empowerment, and dystopian connotations like surveillance, control, and appropriation.



Thursday 1 March 10h – 17h


Carolyn Chen – Music for bodies

(venue Ictus, Brussels – 12 participants)

Games of listening, moving, listening through moving – requiring no particular training or instruments. Warm-up exercises drawn from aikido, tai chi, contact improvisation, Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed. Tuning meditation, lip-reading confessions, flocking and muting, and hacked games of three-legged races, wheelbarrows, tag, human pyramids, steering and directing the bodies of others. Cooperation, competition, and contact. Discuss how listening, movement, and sound-making interact in various contexts and varying degrees of proximity, and workshop pieces by the group.



Edyta Jarzab – Joining the Resistance

(venue Q-O2, Brussels – 20 participants)

In this workshop, Jarzab shares a set of exercise she has developed and used in Warsaw before and during street protests, that aim to amplify the importance and power of the voice as a tool within political activism. Participants experience and explore their full voice in space, in relation to others. The workshop will look for a possible balance between sounding and listening by focusing on energetic processes, play, improvisation, and non-hierarchic synchronicity.



Friday 2 March 10h – 17h


David Helbich – “Audience, listeners, spectators, visitors, guests: how dare you show up!” – audience observations & visitors scores

(venue Ictus, Brussels – 8 participants)

Audiences are performative, not only in an intellectual sense; by following or watching a work of art – but also physically. Their bodies have an influence on the experience of a piece as well as on the work itself. How can this performative quality of the audience become a part of a work’s dramaturgy? How can artists play with this? In this work-meeting, together with David Helbich, the participants examine and search for concepts of intervention into the space of the audience with the aim to try out several option in the second half of the day.



Saturday 3 March 10h – 17h


OPEN FORUM (venue Q-O2, Brussels)

An OPEN FORUM on the last day offers all players active in the field of sound and/or participation the opportunity to present their projects. Different types of presentations are welcome as long as their contents clearly fit the topic of Sound & Participation and does not exceed a time slot of 20 minutes.

If your are interested to actively partake in this networking and exchange event, send your concise proposals to by February 1st.

In collaboration with:

Fantôms Orchestra 10/12/17
Felicity Mangan Buzz pollination 02/11/17
Junk & the Beast @ Smog 20/10/17

Q-O2 is supported by the Flemish Community, VGC and Creative Europe
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