City & Sound
Discussions about sound in the city frequently return us to the question of noise, without giving us space to explore the ways in which this term is slippery to define, and intimately connected to personal experience and our relationship to our surroundings. Beyond the technocratic definition of noise, according to the measurement of decibels, perhaps noise is what we hear when we refuse listening. a full-stop of sonic experience.
Listening is a process of composing and ordering the ways we attend to what we hear, perhaps noise is what we edit out of this meaning-making, that which violates a specific order of listening. We invite you to join us for a 'Listening Tour of Khirkhee and surrounds', to invite a wider world of sound into your attention, and perhaps discover new perspectives on the city we live in.
The tour will be followed by an open discussion in the KHOJ courtyard through which we hope to arrive at better questions about the city and sound… topics may include, but are not limited to: listening, sound, noise control, bio-acoustics, sound in public space, shared listening, sonic art, acoustic ecology.
Delhi Listening Group is an initiative of Ankur Society for Alternatives in Education & Phonebox Productions. A group of practitioners working together to explore listening practices as modes of creative and pedagogical enquiry into the city around us.