Listening as an Embodied and Political Practice

Sandhya Daemgen
Listening as an Embodied and Political Practice

Online seminar with analog elements, English/Deutsch, 2 SWS, 2 ECTS
Saturday, 23.10.2021, 14-17 h, 27.11., 14-16 h (walk) and 11.12., 14-17 h
Mondays in the evening 7 online sessions 19-21 h: 25.10., 1.11., 8.11., 15.11., 22.11., 29.11., 6.12.2021

This workshop will focus on listening as an embodied experience. We will try out various listening exercises online as a group, exploring the associations between our inner body, the environment, sound and each other. We will focus on the historical music and sound meditations of the feminist musician Pauline Oliveros. This workshop will help us connect to our sensitivity of hearing, slow down, and come together. We will connect listening to our own artistic approaches, as well as share personal observations, listen to podcasts and read articles that focus on listening as an inclusive, historical and political practice. As a final project we will record and collect our personal and collective experiences with Listening.

Requirements for the ungraded Studium Generale credits: All students must take part in our end of course radio program.

Sandhya Daemgen is a choreographer, musician and curator and works in interdisciplinary projects with sound, voice and body. She has worked internationally with Tino Sehgal, Alexandra Pirici, Ari Benjamin Meyers and Heiner Goebbels amongst others. She is a member of the feminist-queer collective Altes Finanzamt in Neukölln, Berlin. She has degrees in both Cultural Studies from Wesleyan University, USA and Dance, Context and Choreography from UDK, Berlin. Daemgen is the director and host of the on-going series “What’s That Noise?” which focuses on the music and stories of select female* artists of the past. Alongside she has a radio show on Colaboradio and leads Listening Laboratories and Workshops that expand our ways of listening. She is currently an associated curator at Radialsystem. More information on