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Dear friends of SoundS,


As we kick off our next Focus Phase for the summer of 2023, we invite you all for the fifth instalment of sic! sound in context on 25 April at 8pm at Lietzenburger Straße 45, 10789 Berlin, Room 315. For this talk we are more than excited to host Brandon LaBelle. The artist, writer and theorist is known for his work with sound culture, voice, and questions of agency. Prof. LaBelle will propose reflections upon how society find connection by way of sonic materiality and voicings.


We wish everyone a warm return and smooth transition into the blooming spring days.


sic! – Artist talk

Brandon LaBelle
Listening, Relation, Community

Language: English
Lietzenburger Straße 45, 10789 Berlin, Room 315
25 April 2023, 8 pm


Experiences of listening may be understood to weaken us, making us vulnerable to the intensities of worldly contact and each other. As such, listening may act as the basis for gestures of compassion and care, enabling forms of mutuality and empathy. Yet, listening may also lead to fragmentation, rupture, ecstasy. What can be drawn from such intensities listening evokes? And what forms of practice might be found by way of listening’s relational capacities Exploring questions of listening and relationality, I’ll reflect upon methods of social engagement, emphasizing the second cultures that emerge by way of sonic materiality and expression. From such perspectives, a notion of more-than-social art will be posed that may allow for other understandings and imaginaries of community life and what it means to find partnership.



Prof. Brandon LaBelle is an artist, writer and theorist living in Berlin. His work focuses on questions of agency, community, pirate culture, and poetics, which results in a range of collaborative and extra-institutional initiatives, including: The Listening Biennial and Academy (2021-), Communities in Movement (2019-), The Living School (with South London Gallery, 2014-16), Oficina de Autonomia (2017), The Imaginary Republic (2014-19), Dirty Ear Forum (2013-), Surface Tension (2003-2008), and Beyond Music Sound Festival (1998-2002). In 1995 he founded Errant Bodies Press, an independent publishing project supporting work in sound art and studies, performance and poetics, artistic research and contemporary political thought. His publications include: The Other Citizen (2020), Sonic Agency (2018), Lexicon of the Mouth (2014), Acoustic Territories (2010, 2019), and Background Noise (2006, 2015). His latest book, Acoustic Justice (2021), argues for an acoustic model by which to engage questions of social equality. LaBelle is also a member of Errant Sound, Berlin.



sound in context

Lecture series with international guests on sound art, electronic composition and sound-related media art with talks, presentations and lecture-performances.


A cooperation of

Sound Studies and Sonic Arts (MA) | UdK Berlin
UdK Berlin UNI.K | Studio für Elektroakustische Komposition, Klangkunst und Klangforschung
UdK Berlin IZM | Institut für zeitbasierte Medien / Generative Art | Society For Nontrivial Pursuits
TU Studio | Fachgebiet Audiokommunikation | Technische Universität Berlin


Best regards,
Prof. Georg F. Klein

Universität der Künste Berlin
Sound Studies and Sonic Arts (MA)
Interim Program Director


Foto: Steffi Weismann


Herausgeber: Universität der Künste Berlin, Der Präsident
Verantwortlich: Universität der Künste Berlin
Texte/ Redaktion: Victor Yrigoyen, Brandon LaBelle
Fotos: Brandon LaBelle
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Masterstudiengang Sound Studies and Sonic Arts
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