Symposium Transformations of the Audible

The symposium Transformations of the Audible aims to interrogate the factors and conditions which inform the way in which audibility is constituted. For this purpose it will gather artists, scholars, students and artist researchers from three domains – that of music, the arts and the scholarly field of sound studies – to address how artistic practices dealing with sound are traversed by and simultaneously operate upon the ways in which listening takes place.

Sonorous phenomena are always on the verge of becoming something else. As it unfolds, sound constitutes spaces, mediates presence, articulates time. Furthermore, it may prompt emotions, generate awareness, organise patterns of behaviour or trigger a sense of belonging. As sound becomes audible, sound is constantly being articulated within a series of adjacent circumstances.

Although these adjacencies have traversed the history of music, the past two decades have seen an unprecedented interest in sound from a range of artistic fields outside of music, as well as from a variety of academic disciplines. While Sound Art as an autonomous field reaches back to at least the late sixties, the last decades have seen the role of sound proliferate into a ubiquitous presence in museums and galleries across the globe. At the same time, the young field of Sound Studies has raised awareness of the role of the acoustic in defining ways of knowing, sensing and engaging with our surroundings.

Composer Peter Ablinger stated in 2005 that he is “not interested in sounds, but in audibility” . Coming from an artist using sound as its main material, such a statement is significant: it appeals to a practice that instead of taking sound as a given deals with the mutable nature of hearing. Ablinger poses a challenge which is not that of working merely on organising sound, but in setting up conditions for the exploration of the way audibility is constituted.

The programme

Presenters and Panel Guests include:

Peter Ablinger, Heloisa Amaral, Joanna Bailie, Douglas R. Barrett, Richard Barrett, Giuliano Bracci, François Bonnet, Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, Marcel Cobussen, Elizabeth Dobbin, Melissa van Drie, Ricarda Franzen, Raviv Ganchrow, Penelope Gouk, Thalia Hoffman, Eleni Kamma, Brian Kane, Julia Kursell, Yannis Kyriakides, Catherine Lamb, Sander van Maas, Matteo Marangoni, Martina Raponi, Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec, Linnea Semmerling, Suzan Tunca, Dafne Vicente-Sandoval and Jed Wentz.

As part the symposium works by Peter Ablinger, Joanna Bailie, Catherine Lamb, Jakob Ullman and Simon Steen-Andersen will be performed, by Heloisa Amaral, Dafne Vicente-Sandoval, Ensemble Modelo62 and Andreas Borregaard.

Thursday 16th

  • Daily Session 15:30-18:00 at WEST Den Haag - OnzeAmbassade
  • Evening Concert Program 20:00-22:30 at WEST Den Haag - OnzeAmbassade

Friday 17th

  • Daily Session 10:00-18:00 at KABK Auditorium
  • Evening Concert Program: 20:30 - 21:45 at WEST Den Haag - OnzeAmbassade

Saturday 18th

  • Daily Session 10:00-18:00 at KABK Auditorium
  • Evening Concert Program: 20:30 - 22:00 at Kees van Barenzaal - Royal Conservatoire

See the complete programme at

Transformations of the Audible is initiated by the Institute of Sonology / Royal Conservatoire, at the occasion of the presence of the fourth Konrad Boehmer Visiting Professor Peter Ablinger in The Hague, in partnership with Leiden University’s Academy of Creative and Performing Arts and arts organisation WEST Den Haag. The event will gather international experts in the field together with scholars, active researchers and practitioners from the local scene. It will comprise lectures, panel discussions and artistic presentations, taking place at WEST Den Haag, the Royal Academy of Art and the Royal Conservatoire.

Transformations of the Audible is curated and chaired by Gabriel Paiuk.



Thu 16 May 2019 15.30 - Sat 18 May 2019 22.00


Various locations in The Hague: WEST Den Haag, Royal Academy of Art (KABK), Royal Conservatoire

Entrance fee

Passepartout 16-18 May:
€ 30.00
Day Ticket (16+17 May):
€ 22.50
Day Ticket 18 May: € 20.00
Students: Free entrance with a valid student card