ΦANTOM POWER (2018)
Graduation research project for the Master of Education in Arts, Piet Zwart Institute.
Consisting of a thesis in a hybrid form of a written publication and an audio cassette tape, a score for performing with a group, and a series of experiential workshops titled “a network of small listening gestures”.
This research project investigates ideas for the transformation of listening. How can we weave artistic and pedagogical methods into a learning structure that facilitates the development of a collective listening consciousness on a micro-political scale?
a small listening gesture is a praxis of ΦΑΝΤΟΜ power, as I named in my thesis the invisible power of the collective that is generated when we question how we listen and are listened to. Each gesture was realised with a different group of people in a different place, forming temporary alliances and listening environments, that gradually composed a “network”. It started with small groups that are part of my everyday life from a friendly living-room to the staff room at my workplace, and it expanded to the public sphere from a university hallway to an art gallery. Starting from the idea of audibility as a condition that affects deeply individual and collective agency, the workshop aims to awaken a collective listening consciousness in each group and create a network of conscious listeners. The network remains open and proposes a toolkit for future listening gestures. Envisioning these gestures multiplying and generating collective power, I propose these acts as a way to move towards equal audibility.
“small listening gestures” were presented at TENT, Rotterdam (July 2018); VOX-POP, UvA, Amsterdam (March 2018); Royal Academy of the Arts (KABK), The Hague (April 2018 & April 2019); Media College, Amsterdam (May 2018)
The research archive was presented as part of the group installation “Reading Room”, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam (July 2018) in the context of Graduation Show Piet Zwart Institute 2018.
Research Supervisors: Renee Turner & Irina Shapiro | External critic: Janna Graham
Photo documentation: Michaela Lakova