Listening After Pauline Oliveros – A Meditation

Thursday 12 – Sunday 15 October | Leeds

Marking hcmf//’s 40th edition and anticipating our focus on Pauline Oliveros, we have partnered with Third Ear, Field Studies and Leeds University to present a four-day programme of performances, meditations, workshops, talks, screenings, an exhibition and discussions on listening and the future. Full details of the programme are available on the Field Studies website.

The programme features several contributions from writer, director, performer, improvisational text and sound artist IONE, Pauline’s partner and long-time collaborator. This includes a special Listening in Dreams meditation, a unique practice she has created that has seeded Dream Communities worldwide.

Download Claudia Molitor’s Auricularis Superior

Amongst a number of events open to the public as well as conference delegates is an hcmf// commissioned listening walk from composer and sound artist Claudia Molitor whose work draws on traditions of music and sound art and also extends to video, performance and fine art.


Dedicated to Pauline Oliveros, Auricularis Superior is a sound work which invites participants to sit in a public space – or amble indirectly – whilst listening intently to its own shifting soundscape, changing established relationships between listener, sound and space.


The work will be launched at The Tetley at 5pm on Saturday 15 October with participants able to stream the work via their own devices or borrow equipment from the gallery assistants. Alternatively, Auricularis Superior can be downloaded so for you to experience in you own time and place.

Auricularis Superior has been designed to be listened to on headphones and in a comfortable place.

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Other highlights of the programme include:

  • A performance of The Tuning MeditationEarth EarsPebble Music, and the Threshold Meditation by LSTwo, led by Deep Listening artist Sharon Stewart, Scott McLaughlin, musicians from Leeds College of Music led by Damien Harron, and Loré Lixenberg, including film footage not previously shown in the UK (produced by Daniel Weintraub).
  • Installations by artists including Volkmar Klien.
  • A visit to the Private View of the newly refurbished Leeds Art Gallery, including special rooms dedicated to works in their collection by Joseph Beuys.
  • Keynote talks by Leah Bassel on The Politics of Listening, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Don Ihde in a rare UK visit, Annie Jamieson (Associate Curator at the National Science and Media Museum, Bradford), and Sound and Music Advisor to documenta14, Paolo Thorsen-Nagel.

Tickets for individual events start at £12, with the whole four-day programme available from £90 – booking details available from the Field Studies website.

Visit the Field Studies website