KABK Art & Design Research Practices
Listening : A Research Method in Art and Design

Exhibit: A Listening Library for a (Speculative) KABK Department of Sounding

KABK Research Display Space, Fashion & Textiles corridor
On view until June 27.

Presented by KABK Design Lectorate

Responding to the increasing interest in the sonic among practitioners of art and design, this exhibit proposes a new department at the KABK. A transdisciplinary initiative that centres sounding and listening as core materials, methods, and modes of engagement in the education of a creative practitioner.

Curated by Femke Dekker and designed and produced by Bianca Meilof, the exhibit is organised around a playlist of sonic artifacts and excerpts derived from essential theoretical texts, tracks, compilations, listening exercises, field recordings, and broadcasts.

Each audio file on the playlist relates to a physical object displayed in the library and the exhibition visitor is invited to enjoy the resonance created between the acts of listening and looking.


The objects on display include: albums, books, cassettes, sound recording and listening devices, DJ and radio equipment and ephemera.


  1. Excerpt, Mushroom Radio broadcasts 2018 - 2024.
  2. Excerpt, Going Out - Walking, Listening, Soundmaking by Elena Biserna, first published by umland/Q-02, Brussels, Belgium, 2022.
  3. Excerpt, Silent Whale Letters by Ella Finer and Vibeke Mascini, first published by Sternberg Press, London, UK, 2023
  4. ‘Telluric Drift’ by Louis Braddock Clarke, 2019.
  5. Excerpt, Graphème: a Publication for Experimental Music Scores by Various, first published by smallest functional unit, Germany, December 2023.
  6. Excerpt, Sounds Like Her— Gender, Sound Art and Sonic Cultures by Christine Eyene, Cathy Lane, Salomé Voegelin, first published by Beam Editions, Nottingham, UK, 2019.
  7. Excerpt, Intermediary Spaces by Éliane Radigue and Julia Eckhardt, first published by umland/Q-02, Brussels, Belgium, 2019.
  8. ‘Listen Using This Tool’ by Jack Bardwell, 2023.
  9. ‘Conversations’ by Annea Lockwood and Ruth Anderson, from Tête-à-tête, released by Ergot Records, US, 2023.
  10. ‘Niets Aan Verloren’ by Coosje van Bruggen and Lawrence Weiner, from Niets Aan Verloren / Nothing To Lose, released by Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 1976.
  11. ‘1000 Days’ by Slumberland and Sainkho Namtchylak, from Lightkeeper, released by Morphine Records, Berlin, Germany, 2022.
  12. ‘Mit Sang Und Klang’, from De La Nuit... Le Jour by Tamia and Pierre Favre, released by ECM New Series, Germany, 1988.
  13. ‘Is this how human music sounds like?’, from Yugoslavian Space Program by Gymnasty, released by Astronomers Anonymous, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2020.


  1. Excerpt, ‘Right to The City: Bijlmerkrakers + We are Here’, from the scarf soundpiece by Werker Collective and Loma Doom, published by Werker Collective and Loma Doom, Amsterdam, 2022.
  2. Sonic Possible Worlds: Hearing the Continuum of Sound by Salomé Voegelin, first published by Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014.
  3. The Political Possibility of Sound: Fragments of Listening by Salomé Voegelin, first published by Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018.
  4. Excerpt, Sonic Meditations by Pauline Oliveros, first published by PoP & MoM (Pauline Oliveros Publications and Ministry of Maåt, Inc.), US, 2022.
  5. Excerpt, Deep Listening A Composer’s Sound Practice by Pauline Oliveros, first published by Ignota Books, 2005.
  6. ‘Ear Extender’ by Louis Braddock Clarke, 2019.
  7. Excerpt, Listening to Noise and Silence: Towards a Philosophy of Sound Art by Salomé Voegelin, first published by The Continuum International Publishing Group Inc, New York, US, 2010.
  8. ‘With All The Senses, Su Di Te M’Infrango’ by Olivia Salvadori, Coby Sey, Kid Millions, from The Male Body Will Be Next Pt1, by Various Artists, released by Osàre! Editions, UK, 2022.
  9. ‘Sister Resister’ by Loma Doom, from The Male Body Will Be Next Pt2, by Various Artists, released by Osàre! Editions, UK, 2023.
  10. Excerpt, Quantum Listening by Pauline Oliveros, first published by Ignota Books, UK, 2022.
  11. ‘Don't Count The Waves’ by Yoko Ono, from Fly, by Yoko Ono, released by Apple Records, US, 1971.
  12. Excerpt, Open Field Listening Station by Femke Dekker, master thesis Master of Education in Art, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2023.
  13. ‘Rain Song’ by Rie Nakajima, from Paint your Lips while Singing your Favourite Pop Song, by Salomé Voegelin and Various Artists, released by Flaming Pines, London, UK, 2022.
  14. ‘Fire Dance’ by Black Merlin, from Hypnotik Tradisi, by Black Merlin, released by Island Of The Gods, Bali, Indonesia, 2016.
  15. ‘Langzaam’ by Ellen Fullman, from Long String Instrument, by Ellen Fullman, released by Apollo Records, The Netherlands, 1985.
  16. ‘Invertebrate Drawings’ by David Toop, from Entities Inertias / Faint Beings, by David Toop, released by Room040, Australia, 2016.
  17. ‘Till Hurricane Bisect’ by KMRU, from Dissolution Grip, by KMRU, released by OFNOT, Berlin, Germany, 2023.

    Presented by
    Design Lectorate

    Exhibition curation: Femke Dekker
    Exhibition design and production: Bianca Meilof
    Art direction and graphic design: Niels Schrader
    Photo documentation: Roel Backaert

    Thanks to: Martha Jager, students who participated in the Department of Sounding IST, and Hana Spillerova.