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Sound & Listening on the edge of Music, Performance, Film and New Media

Salomé Voegelin presented a talk entitled 'Listening out for ambiguous knowledge and unreliable traces of thought,' at Ghent University for Sound & Listening on the edge of Music, Performance, Film and New Media, 2019

This talk was a curatorial performance, a lecture that curates works and texts and thus performs research rather than its outcome. Speaking, singing, reading and moving it draws the ambiguous and the unreliable into the sphere of knowledge and unperforms its systematic and taxonomical certainty to reperform the thinking of things from the mobile depth of sound. This depth is the ‘back’ and ‘behind’ that Maurice Merleau-Ponty discusses in the working notes of his book The Visible and the Invisible (1968). It is ‘the dimension of the hidden’, which is the place of my looking, my simultaneity with the thing, which therefore I am too close to see but can hear while sounding myself. Here I hear my simultaneity with others and other things, and sense the depth of the in-between, where sound does not draw on the lexicon and does not confirm taxonomies, but sounds the movement and configuration of an unreliable knowledge of the ambiguous.

Salomé Voegelin is performing an instructional score entitled 'Unperforming Resilience' on the tips of her toes.


Salomé Voegelin delivered an improvised, performance lecture in which sonic and textual material was used to stimulate and frame notions of ‘listening’ followed by a Q+A. The Old Operating Theatre, London, 2019.

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Salomé Voegelin is delivering a performance/ lecture in London's oldest surgical operating theatre.

ISSTA Keynote Lecture

Salomé Voegelin & Anna Barney delivered their keynote lecture Accessing Disciplinary Hinterlands through Listening for the Irish Sound, Science & Technology annual conference (ISSTA), 2018. 

Abstract: In the context of this presentation the Hinterland is the place beyond the agreed methodologies, vocabularies and processes that stand as certainties of a particular discipline. Accessing this Hinterland is a stepping into the unknown, the unagreed, what we might not be able to talk about or grasp within disciplinary frameworks; what might not yield value or acceptance within its community of researchers and knowledge stakeholders. However, it is potentially also a place of opportunity, of new insights and cross-disciplinary production, which might yield much innovative thinking and doing, augmenting the conventional disciplinary knowledge process.

The discipline, in this context, is understood as the walled cities of knowledge. And we believe that sounding and listening as a form of activism and interference, can break through these partitions to hear possibilities, and resistance to them, and to make propositions about how else we could work together, how else knowledge could be produced. In this sense this presentation, jointly staged by Prof. Anna Barney and Dr. Salomé Voegelin proposes that listening to these disciplinary Hinterlands provides access to an unknown sphere that hovers behind and between disciplines and that offers opportunities for new thinking, cross-disciplinary collaborations and another way to see the frames given to us by academic infrastructure and expectation.

About ISSTA 2018: contemporary urban society is a contested space. Commerce generates a flurry of signage and advertising jingles. Industry excavates and accumulates, building uniform structures of concrete and steel, and throughout all is the traffic of daily ritual, the friction of tires on tarmacadam. Commercial interests and planners often distill this heterogeneous field down to simplified brands, cultural signifiers designed to encourage investors. What room is left in this complex of power and policy for community? Where is public space and what role can it play in contemporary life? How can sound, in particular, interrogate the urban matrix?

In 2018, ISSTA returns to Derry to explore these issues, relationships and tensions. With the spatial definition provided by its historic walled city and cross–border hinterland, the resonances of its civil rights movement (of which 2018 marks the fiftieth anniversary), its historic conflicts and diverse musical and sonic cultures, from traditional music sessions to marches, we hope that Derry will provide a thought–provoking setting which will support fruitful discussion, debate and listening!