Research Club, Listening as a Research Method III,
Wednesday 15 March, 17:00-19:00, location t.b.a.
Special guest: Mushroom Radio

For the third edition on Listening as a Research Method, Research Club will be accompanied by Mushroom Radio, a radio initiated and run by KABK students which was founded by Esther Vane, Benjamin Earl and Jack Bardwell. The session will be devoted to sharing art and design research practices that gather around the uses, methods and meanings of listening.

Mushroom Radio is a student-run radio, already shaped by many and passed on like a dear treasure. Mushroom Radio pops up in the digital and physical space in order to give students (and more) a platform to share their work, interests, discoveries, music, and so on and so forth.

The intention is to expand and find common, humid ground within departments and disciplines. As its homonymous beings, Mushroom Radio aims to preserve soil biodiversity, and it is kept alive through endless auditive, imaginative, organizational, and collaborative actions and contributions.

The KABK Research Club is an informal forum for tutors, heads, staff, workshop supervisors, PhD candidates and students. Research can take the form of scholarly investigation into art or design as subject matter, or it can be practice-led, using art or design as the method and means of enquiry. Club meetings are organized several times a year and convened by the Design Lector, Dr Alice Twemlow. During club meetings, participants are invited to share their research in progress and engage in discussion about shared points of interest in research such as methods, approaches and references as well as in practical matters such as the funding, organisation, publishing and dissemination of research. The aim is to identify and nurture emergent and developing research projects, share findings and best practices and create a network of potential collaborators and mentors.

KABK Design Lectorate Art & Design Practices
Do you work with listening as an approach in your research practice?

Consider submitting a short description of your research focus and some images and/or links.

And/or pitch your listening research practice in person at the Research Club meeting on Wednesday 15 March, 17:00-19:00 with a 1-image + 1-sound-file presentation.

If you've already submitted an idea, be assured it is logged; this live pitching event is an optional extra!

Expressions of interest due by 15 March

📢 Open to students, PhD candidates, tutors, professors, alumni, and anyone in the KABK-KC-Leiden University research community!

🙊 The Design Lectorate is starting work on a new edition in the KABK Art & Design Research Practices series. With this initiative, we identify and share research methods practiced at KABK that use the tools, approaches, and capacities of art and design to create and surface new knowledge. After exploring how walking and touching are used as research methods, we now turn to listening.

🎧 Whether your practice is in art, design, sonology, performance, theory, or a combination thereof…

🐚 Whether you engage with listening literally or figuratively, poetically or politically, directly or via technology, in real time or as a recording, individually or communally…

🐦 Whether the listening feeds into your research or is a means of sharing insights with others…

🔔 Whether you are interested in the spaces of listening, the modes and media of listening, the distinctions between sound, music, noise, voice and silence…

🦻🏽 Whether you work with radio, spoken word, podcasting, interviewing, sound composition, surveillance, field recording, sound walks…

📞 …we’d love to hear from you!

📻 If you have something to submit for our publication, exhibition, or online repository, go right ahead or if you just want to let us know you are exploring listening in your work, that’s also fine.

🎛 Submissions can be in any format you think appropriate for a publication or online repository, including but not limited to:

* final results of a research project (images, sound files, diagrams, excerpts of text etc.)

* notes and reflections on the research process

* curricula, teaching assignments or syllabi

* visual essays or sonic essays

* excerpts from research journals

* prompts and cues for sound walks and listening exercises

* interviews/ Q&As