Experiments in Aural Attention: Lingering Longer & Listening Away

8-25 June 2015
Oriel yr Ysgol Gelf, Prifysgol Aberystwyth
Buarth Mawr, Aberystwyth, SY23 1NG 
Ar agor: 10am−5pm, Dydd Llun−Dydd Gwener 

School of Art Gallery, Aberystwyth University
Buarth Mawr, Aberystwyth, SY23 1NG 
Open: 10am−5pm, Monday−Friday 
Experiments in Aural Attention re-stages three practical experiments from a practice-based PhD in order to question how we are together through listening. Listening’s modus operandi is appropriated as an approach to making, reflected in the nature of the experiments that aim to echo the workings of this sense.

In This is For You (don’t treat it like a telephone) (2011) manmade objects are used in unusual combinations altering conversational conditions. 

Listening to Water (2013) brings meanderings through the countryside of Powys and Ceredigion into the studio space to explore how an aural approach might reveal details of a landscape more often obscured.

Stolen Voices (2014) explores a practice of eavesdropping and how fiction might alter the attention we place on sounds of the everyday. 

Aural attention is not only the subject matter of the exhibition but also the method by which it is explored. It actively invites visitors to experience the aural-as-encountered, shaping their own path through the practices on display.

In this exhibition all three experiments are brought together for the first time to further question how it might be possible to practice aural attention. 
Rebecca Louise Collins is a creative arts researcher. Her practice explores the sonorous aesthetics of contemporary performance. Her work has been shown both regionally and internationally. She is an associate artist at Aberystwyth Arts Centre.



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