A two-week interdisciplinary artistic residency with a specific focus on Sound and Touch was launched on Monday by the Chamber of Fine Arts (E.KA.TE.) for the 3rd edition of Perceiving Academy. The academy continues until October 24 with workshops, lectures, discussions, presentations and events. Its goal is to challenge and expand perceptions and understanding of what body and environment are and at the same time develop a body of work that explores their relationship and interconnection.
“We will enhance our sonic perception, investigate the source and physicality of sound, and test the power of voice and music to unite sounding bodies. We will go on an inward journey to find physical support for our voices, deepen sonic awareness and open sensibilities. This practice however will be done in order to go from the deep source outwards, to resonate with the world, to sing the time we live in. An important question we are asking ourselves is whether we can find ways to cure the wounded social body through the touch of sound.”
Perceiving Academy 2020 Sound and Touch includes an intensive five-day workshop by Cypriot artist Lia Haraki and a workshop with Michael Reiley McDermott of the Deep Listening Institute (DLI) of Pauline Oliveros, as well as lectures by the philosopher Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi, the Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson, independent researcher Katerina Nikitina, discussions, film screenings, readings and exploration around Nicosia.
Participants will be given time and support to develop their ideas that emerge in the course of the residency or stem from their artistic practice. Some events are open to the public as well as available online.
On Friday 16, there is an online workshop by Katerina Nikitina, open to the public via zoom link. Dark, horrid, the nonhuman: Some notes on the nonhuman side of the human voice is the title of the workshop and it will last two hours, from 5pm to 7pm.
The second week will be dedicated to developing ideas, presenting and experiencing results of being together in Perceiving Academy, moderated by Maria Stepnika, a Spontaneous concert or Uniting sound in the city of Nicosia, as well as talks and lectures from contemporary philosophers and artists.
On Monday, October 19 another open workshop will take place, again via zoom (3-4.30pm). This will be an online-talk with artist Ragnar Kjartansson. On the following day, Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi will hold an online zoom workshop between 6pm and 7.30pm, open to all. The final open event is on Wednesday 21 and it is a spontaneous concert or Uniting sound in the city of Nicosia, curated by Ilina Chervonnaya and Katerina Neofytidou.
This residency is kindly funded by the Cultural Services of the ministry of education. For more information contact [email protected]. The programme for Perceiving Academy 2020 Sound and Touch has been developed by curator Maria Stepkina together with artists Ilina Chervonnaya and Katerina Neofytidou.