Sight isolates, sound incorporates. Whereas sight situates the observer outside what he views, at a distance, sound pours into the hearer. Vision comes to a human being from one direction at a time: to look at a room or a landscape, I must move my eyes around from one part to another.
When I hear, however, I gather sound simultaneously from every direction at once: I am at the centre of my auditory world, which envelopes me, establishing me at a kind of core of sensation and existence. You can immerse yourself in hearing, in sound. There is no way to immerse yourself similarly in sight. By contrast with vision, the dissecting sense, sound is a unifying sense.
But is this really the case? What happens when experiences of sound and color start to intersect, to contrast and to resonate? Is there such a thing as “complementary sounds” out there in nature? When I paint, Paul Cézanne said, it is the landscape expressing itself through me. Can the synesthetic interplay of hearing, seeing and making art provide a unifying experience of what it means to attend to and connect with a place in nature? To hear with fresh eyes?
In this five-day course with teachers Jan van Boeckel and David Rothenberg, we immerse ourselves in the wild world of vivid colors and sounds. They will guide participants in arts-based experiences along a spiraling movement out from The Hardanger Academy into the more-than- human world: the garden, the fields, the forest, mountains and coast.
From the sounds of wind, water, and sea to the music made by birds, whales, and insects, Rothenberg has travelled the globe listening for a music older than any made by humans alone, and spent years interacting with such sounds live and in the studio, and introducing this process to students at all levels.
This is the first time he has decided to call the activity “WildSounding,” in homage to his friend and colleague Jan Van Boeckel, who has organized numerous “WildPainting” courses in several countries, where participants are encouraged to paint nature in exciting, uncommon ways.
For years, Van Boeckel has studied what happens when we meet the natural environment through art, putting our preconceived scientific knowledge and understandings at the side, to be able to heighten our receptivity and to engage in fundamentally open-ended learning processes.
No experience in painting or playing instruments is required, but such experience is definitely welcome and helpful!
Participants will engage in the deep listening technique pioneered by the late Pauline Oliveros, a colleague and collaborator of Rothenberg’s Terra Nova Music , and also learn methods of responding to sound in the tradition of R. Murray Schafer and John Cage, both of whom Rothenberg also worked with. After a few days of deep listening and nature-sounding, only then will technology be brought into the equation, where we will record the sounds of the environment with small field recorders and microphones, and then learn how to edit music and sound art pieces out of this material using computers running Ableton Live and Max for Live, and iPads running Samplr, Borderlands, and Fieldscaper.
At the end of the workshop students will learn how to listen better to the world surrounding us, and make sonic artworks in response to this listening using a range of technologies.
£383.00 for a luxurious dorm room (max 3 people to room)
£484.00 for twin room
£595.00 for double room single occupancy (£920.00 for double occupancy of double room)
£706.00 for King room single occupancy (£1150.00 for double occupancy of King room)
£920.00 for Master Super King suite (£1260.00 for double occupancy of master suite)
Optional extras include massages.