DATES: 8th, 18th & 29th July
REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT HAS NOW CLOSED
Listening as a Whole is a new series of happenings initiated by London based artist Shenece Oretha and commissioned by Cairo Clarke, taking place across July 2021.
Listening as a Whole responds to the expansive notions of how listening manifests and is illustrated in the music(ality) in and of Black women’s literature and thought. The project considers the work of Toni Morrison, Paule Marshall, Zora Neale Hurston, Dionne Brand, Toni Cade Bambara and Alice Walker as points of departure.
Over the course of the project Oretha extends an invitation to artists and creative practitioners Evan Ifekoya, Elaine Mitchener, and Carole Wright (Blak Outside) who will each lead a session responding to themes of listening within Black women’s literature in relation to nature, movement, the cosmic and voice. This embodied praxis of listening is further explored by collaborator Safiya Robinson (sisterwoman vegan) who will interweave elements of intentional nourishment.
Through this series of happenings developed and shared by the artist, collaborators and participants, Listening as a Whole aims to create an embodied listening methodology, sounding out collective approaches to knowledge production. After a prolonged period of isolation for many, Listening as a Whole hopes to establish an entry into gathering, one that looks at the significance and vitality of communion. Listening to and out for one another’s calls and those of a coming world.
This project is supported by The Elephant Trust.