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Defragmentation: Ways of Listening
Listening Session With Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung: Delivering Ourselves from the Tonal

Fri 20 July 2018, 13.00 – 17.00
Schader-Forum (2nd Floor: Red Salon)

Free admission, registration is required:
Participants are kindly requested to stay
for the whole four-hour session.

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Listening Session: Delivering ourselves from the tonal
Hosted by Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung and Berno Odo Polzer

Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung is an independent art curator and biotechnologist born in Cameroon. He is founder and artistic director of the art space “SAVVY Contemporary Berlin” – a laboratory for conceptual, intellectual, artistic production and exchange that takes up the challenge of investigating the “threshold” between, as well as critically reflecting on and questioning discourses around the “West” and the “non-West”. Ndikung is initiator and editor-in-chief of the “SAVVY Journal”, the first bilingual e-journal for critical texts on contemporary African art.
In 2017, he was Curator at Large for Adam Szymczyk’s Documenta 14.

Ways of Listening

Ways of Listening is a series of afternoon sessions that put centre-stage the capacity of listening as a political and politicized condition. The three 4-hour gatherings eclectically interrelate practices of listening with ­questions of decolonization, aiming at reflecting the enclosures and exclusions of Western modernity (including their manifestation in so-called New Music), problematizing its underlying power matrix, and considering non-Western narratives and genealogies. Sound and listening not only register the coloniality of power of our world, but actively co-produce it. At the same time, listening as a way of relating to the world — both as a metaphor and as a concrete, sound-specific practice — has much to offer when it comes to imagining and exercising a post-hegemonistic, post-centric present and future. Ways of Listening is the first in a “Defragmentation” series of experiments dedicated to decolonizing listening and will continue in 2019 in the context of MaerzMusik — Festival for Time Issues in Berlin.

Registration is required:
Participants are kindly requested to stay for the whole four-hour session.

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