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Due to the current Corona crises, the upcoming Listening Sessions within SAVVY Contemporary’s UNTRAINING THE EAR project will be translated for radio and online channels. Three sound events will be broadcast on our 88,4 FM time in Berlin and 99.7 in Potsdam, as well as streamed online. 

These sessions over the radio are entitled LISTENING STATIONS: Listening Into Placelessness. The idea of placelessness comes from Lucy Lippard, and fuels our interest to imagine a two way communication over radio waves encouraging people to use their imagination when they listen, to actively get inspired by some form of instructions the artists give. Listening Stations refers to a mode, a type of listening with our body as a station, irrespective of adjutant tools, a body which receives and processes sound. Rather placed than searching, rather stationed, we presume to have more attention to the unknown elements that every place has. We ask ourselves how we can grasp these elements, and is what we are now able to listen to rather anew than new to our ears.

Martyna Poznańska will respond with a complex imagined soundscape traveling from the smallest beings to human body and the environment. Her piece is a spatial constellation of diverse earthly sounds, often unnoticed, or mistaken, sometimes inaudible, or fleeting, regularly eliminated, occasionally rejected, hardly ever desired but always present and frequently taken for granted. It is a journey for you to take with the entirety of your body and imagination. It begins in the undergrowth through amplification of the choreographies of movements produced by the tiniest cohabitants of the planet. It gradually takes off into the air corridors, bushes, flowers, and tree branches where trillion of encounters between insects and birds takes place, it lands softly in the soil examining the textures of different mosses, and it continues visiting the sonic narratives of different bodies. It creates an imaginary soundscape characterised by intensified and more concentrated audibility of the environment, that surrounds us. It juxtaposes various sonic territories encountered in our every day life with a premise to influence our perception when listening more attentively but moreover post-humanly decentralising ourselves and agreeing for more equality, respect and communality with all living beings.

Martyna Poznańska is a transdisciplinary artist working primarily with multimedia installations. Intrigued by the processes of transformation and decay she has been exploring the symbiotic relations between human and non-human beings during her fieldtrips to the ‘Puszcza Bialowieska’, the last primeval forest in Europe, attending to her own body as a connective tissue from within the environment. Poznańska has exhibited and performed internationally: at Akademie der Künste (DE), Aperto Raum, (DE), Konsumverein Braunschweig (DE), Unsound Festival (PL), HKAPA (HK), Dance Bridges Festival (Kolkata, IN), Art Sonje Centre (Seoul, KR) and has worked with renowned artists such as Hans Peter Kuhn, or Peter Cusack.Martyna holds a magisterium degree in Spanish Philology (JU, Krakow, 2010), she completed a Sound Art course at the University of the Arts, London and studied with prof. Hans Peter Kuhn at the Universität der Künste Berlin obtaining a Master of Arts title in 2016. Martyna lives and works in Berlin, Białystok and London. 

Peter Cusackis based in London and Berlin. He is a field recordist and sound artist/musician with a long interest in the sound environment. In 1998 he initiated the “Favourite Sounds Project” to discover how people interact with the soundscapes of the places where they live. Starting in London it has since travelled to other world cities including Beijing, Prague, Manchester, Taranto, Hull and Berlin. His project ‘Sounds from Dangerous Places’ investigates the soundscapes of sites of major environmental damage such as the Caspian oil fields, the Chernobyl exclusion zone and the Aral Sea, Central Asia, and asks the question, “What can be learnt about dangerous places by listening to their sounds?” In 2011/12 he was DAAD artist-in-residence in Berlin.