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Stolen Voices at Points of Listening

Documentation of Stolen Voices at Points of Listening, a monthly programme of listening workshops, activities and discussions based in and around London.

Stolen Voices is an ongoing collaboration inspired by eavesdropping. It is about listening-in, or the way listening is always positioned in space and in time. It is about overhearing, or the stuff we add to everything we hear – the histories and associations that condition how we perceive that which surrounds us. Finally, it is about the (often uncomfortably) unstable borders between private and public that we negotiate by existing in common with others.

The work begins by imagining public spaces as semi-fictional constructions, to which the artists have been summoned, as though on a ‘mission’. By attempting to gain access, navigate and decode traces of the occurrence of an as-yet-undefined event, the location itself is acknowledged as host to an already occurring phenomenon. In this sense, we move away from considering perception as belonging to the individual towards an understanding that what is available for detection is in a dynamic relationship with the existing atmosphere of a place.

*Stolen Voices is a project by Johanna Linsley and Rebecca Louise Collins and , and is presented in collaboration with Richard Whitelaw (Head of Programmes at Sound & Music). PoL is a project of CRiSAP (Centre for Research in Sound Art Practice), co-convened by Mark Peter Wright and Salomé Voegelin.

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