Unseen is an online platform and web archive that presents different approaches to listening and cultivating the relationship between our bodies, space and sound. It is loosely based on Pauline Oliveros' practice of deep listening, which it updates through the perspectives of selected artists. Through a series of exercises, methods and video guides, we are invited to focus on sound as a tool for relieving feelings of separation and isolation, as a tool for imagining better futures. These tutorials vary in length and difficulty, are intended for bodily and non-bodily, individual and collective practice, and intend to activate different parts of our bodies and lived realities. They represent artistic practice as a tool for the everyday, as a set of mechanics and procedures operating outside the institutional frameworks of art. These are methods and manuals which we can activate in our own way and apply them to our everyday life.
In the pilot version of Unseen AGF imagines sound as a growing entity that initiates connections which have the capacity to grow into decentralized networks. Through careful listening to her body, Tatiana Heuman explores more delicate ways of transitioning from sleep to wakefulness. Through a series of videos, Ami Yamasaki identifies the necessity of sensing with the ears. Listening that focuses on the specific condition of the individual and is based on an understanding of the present condition is illustrated by the Pan-Pan Kolektiva. Rediscovering one's own intimacy through unlimited movement is proposed in a series of exercises by Eva Priečková. By means of a video-manual, Agustín Genoud invites us to create sounds for departing the "human" identifying the voice as a tool of synthesis. Through simple exercises, Colin Self creates an environment that takes into account the needs of the body through freedom and experimentation. Listening as a condition for survival is developed by Alma Lily Rayner. With the Infinite Manual, Aleš Čermák highlights the need for flexibility as an individual and collective practice. Cristina Maldonado and Isa Juchniewicz maps the presence of bodies and their interconnection through a series of performances.
The Unseen project is produced under the auspices of the Skupina label, in collaboration with the platform Teren: field for performing arts. The project is supported from public sources by the Slovak Arts Council and FFA BUT and hosted by Multiplace.
Unseen is an online platform and web archive that presents different approaches to listening and cultivating the relationship between our bodies, space and sound. Through a series of exercises, methods and video guides, we are invited to focus on sound as a tool for relieving feelings of separation and isolation, as a tool for imagining better futures.