Maurizio Nanucci, Listen to your eyes (2016). Neon, 26 x 430 x 2,5 cm. Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar.


The course is taught by Dr. Janneke Wesseling & Dr. Marcel Cobussen

For whom

For BA students of KABK, KC & LU


10 Wednesday afternoon sessions between February-April 2018

Study points

5 EC

About this course

Our first encounters with art works or art events usually happen through our eyes and/or ears. However, there are many different ways in which to look at art or listen to music. Not only are we always already culturally situated and determined, individual circumstances also influence the way we experience art/music. What is attentive looking/listening and is this how we always (should) approach art/music? Is there a difference between looking and seeing, between hearing and listening? And, given the fact that our relation to art and the world is usually multi-sensorial, can we also look at music and listen to visual arts?

Although mainly theoretical, the course will also comprise visits to (sounding) arts exhibitions and/or performances in order to be able to relate theoretical knowledge to “auto-ethnographic” experiences.

For 2nd, 3rd and 4th year BA students of the Royal Academy of Art, Royal Conservatoire and Leiden University.

Full attendance is obligatory in order to receive study points towards the Individual Study Trajectory (5 EC).

15 students will be selected for the course.
The course will be in English.

The sessions take place in the P.J. Veth building of Leiden University (Nonnensteeg 3, Leiden) room 0.07, on the following Wednesdays from 15.00-17.00h:

  • 14, 21 & 28 February 2018
  • 7, 21 & 28 March 2018
  • 4, 11, 18 & 25 April 2018

PLEASE NOTE: there will not be a meeting on 14 March 2018.

  • An introduction to different ways of looking and listening, both through literature and in practice.
  • To reflect critically on leading contemporary literature on looking at art and listening to music and sound art.
  • To reflect on looking and listening from multi-disciplinary perspectives (e.g. art philosophy, history, psychology).
  • To practice alternative ways of looking and listening to art/music/sound art and to demonstrate skills in looking and listening.
  • To learn how to read academic texts on looking and listening; to practice so-called “close reading”.

Homework assignments, student presentations and multi-media essay.

Participants will be selected on the basis of their motivated application. Apply before Wednesday 10 January 2018 23:59h (CET) by registering and uploading a brief letter of motivation (max. 400 words) in Osiris. The result of the selection will be announced on Friday 19 January 2018. No late submissions will be accepted.

In collaboration with ACPA

This course is organised in collaboration with the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA) of Leiden University.