Listening to the In-Between Part II

Sensing Traces of Power(lessness)

In the three-part podcast series listening to the In-Between we will put the rich practice of Deep Listening® into a broader context.

In our second episode, Deep Listener Sharon Stewart invites us to participate in embodied rituals of attention, a practice of listening to or sensing aspects of power and powerlessness in the world that surrounds us. This reconnected her to the ground-breaking work of Audre Lorde, “Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power”.

In 2021 we made the podcast-series Sounding Places / Listening Places, which is still available at Radio ArtEZ. In it we explored how sound and listening can contribute to realizing more sustainable and reciprocal relations with the earth. Back then, we already dipped our toes in the world of Deep Listening®. In the three-part podcast series Listening to the In-Between we will put this rich practice into a broader context.

In Part I, researcher and music journalist Joep Christenhusz explores Deep Listening, its connection to space and time, and the interrelations between the outer and the inner world the practice reveals through sonic awareness.

In this second episode, Deep Listener Sharon Stewart further connects the idea of an embodied practice with the theme of power and powerlessness by working with others through the creation of text scores, also conceptualized as rituals of attention, that offer a way of listening to or sensing aspects of power and powerlessness in an embodied way. After an open call, Laurens Krüger (student DBKV ArtEZ Zwolle) and Martine van Lubeek (graduate of BEAR ArtEZ Arnhem) participated in this process. Laurens presents her “Triangle Dance with force fields” and Martine her “Score for Thinking-Feeling with the Earth”, a score to bring us into relation with the more-than-human elements all around us.

In the final third of the podcast (from 32min on), Sharon Stewart talks about how Audre Lorde’s work inspired her in creating a text score from the perspective of our theme: the Body and Power(lessness) and presents the score “Listening through connection and difference”.

In the third and last part of our podcast series we will dive deeper into theoretical concepts related to Deep Listening.

Audre Lorde – Jackson State University Collectie: Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs). Getty Images

Written text of the podcast ‘Listening to the In-Between Part 2: Sensing Traces of Power(lessness)’

Score Laurens Krüger, Triangle Dance with force fields

Score Martine van Lubeek, Returning the Gift. Score for thinking/feeling with the earth

Score Sharon Stewart, Listening to Connection and Difference

Show Notes

In the podcast you hear the following audio fragments:

  • Pauline Oliveros, Stuart Dempster, Panaiotis, Album Deep Listening, track 1, ‘Lear’, reproduced by permission of PoP and MoM Publications. (Pauline Oliveros Publications & Ministry of Maåt). All Rights Reserved. Members ASCAP
  • Fragments from: Audre Lorde reads Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic As Power (FULL Updated) This chapter was originally a paper presented at the Fourth Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Mount Holyoke College, August 25, 1978, and was later published as a chapter in Sister Outsider. Copyright ©1984 Audre Lorde and The Crossing Press, a division of Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, CA. Also available in a Penguin edition, 2019.

Reading and Listening

From Martine:

  • Pathways to Planetary Health Forum: David Abram on the More-than-Human World, Garrison Institute, 15 June 2021.
  • “The eco-phenomenologist Abram (1996) was responsible for popularizing the concept of a more-than-human world and expressing everything that encompasses terrestrial “nature” in its broadest interpretations. According to the author (ABRAM, 1996), the expression refers to a world that includes and exceeds human societies, thereby associating them with the complex webs of interdependencies between the countless beings that share the terrestrial dwelling. This approach aims to overcome the prevalent modern dichotomy between nature and culture.” Carlos Roberto Bernardes de Souza Júnior in More-than-human cultural geographies towards co-dwelling on earth. Mercator – Revista de Geografia da UFC, vol. 20, no. 1, 2021. Universidade Federal do Ceará, Brasil. (Accessed 25 Nov. 22)

From Laurens:

  • The article by Michel Foucault that helped me to crystallize some thoughts that fuelled me in my motion was: “The Subject and Power” in: Brian Wallis (ed), Art After Modernism: Rethinking Representation (New York, 1984) p. 417–432. Originally published under the title “Why Study Power? The Question of the Subject.”
  • During the creation process of the score, the melody and movements of the “Ave Maria” by Schubert played an important role for me, as sung by Renée Fleming, for instance.

From Sharon:

  • “Poetry is Not a Luxury”
  • “Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power”
  • “Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism”
  • “Learning from the 1960s”
Studium Generale

ArtEZ Studium Generale curates and organises gatherings, talks, training courses, podcasts and publications about the state of the arts and its relation to today’s challenges, ranging from immediate societal issues to bold abstract concepts, from climate crisis to identity issues. Our aim is relatively modest. We are not trying to change the world (but if that happens, cool!). Our wish is to create a space to ask probing questions, steer discussions and empower each other to face the future and our (artistic) role in it. Or to put it a bit less boldly, we invite you to get out of your bubble, engage in the debate, meet new people, discover new perspectives, and have a drink.

Sharon Stewart

Sharon Stewart studied at the Utrecht School of the Arts, Faculty of Music, and the Royal Conservatoire, The Hague. She has a private piano practice in Arnhem, creates (electroacoustic) sound works and installations, serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Sonic Studies, and is currently an independent researcher for the Professorship Theory in the Arts at ArtEZ University of the Arts in the Netherlands. She was introduced to Deep Listening® by founder Pauline Oliveros, IONE, and Heloise Gold and is currently a core teacher for the online programme offered by the Center for Deep Listening at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.