The Listening Stations/ Listening Sessions is a project being produced by (SPAN) Social Practices Art Network in collaboration with a variety of groups. The overarching theme for the project is about creating a social space through which to engage people in conversation and exchange, building connection while ending the silence that exists between us; it is a study on creating dialogue amongst those may be isolated from one another.
The material produced through (SPAN) has the potential to bring the people involved closer together. (SPAN) is the exploration of the possibilities created through both the formal and the informal network/networks.
The intention of (SPAN) is to create a resource for individuals, organizations, community groups and institutions that are interested in new genre arts forms and practices. It is meant to serve as a platform for a variety of practices. (SPAN) is working with the following advisory team of as we continue to develop the site and various community alliances/hubs.
The primary practice or enactment of (SPAN) happens through the activation of “Listening Stations” and “Listening Sessions”. A “Listening Station” is a digital community archive”. These “Listening Station” represent collaborations with other groups. These collaborations sometimes happen via skype or if possible through visits to various sites and locations for deep community work. “Listening Stations” are located online and sometimes the “Listening Stations” are exhibited as an archive.
The “Listening Sessions” is a method of collecting information about various socially engaged artists, art collectives and other types of socially engaged thinkers. The “Listening Sessions” tune into the voice of an international network of socially engaged artists /thinkers. (SPAN) seeks to archive that community history.
The process put forward by (SPAN) is a “Social Practice”; which incorporates diverse media art strategies and interventions, it is a form of social sculpture and a community based practice that uses an interactive media and art/life performance. Within this modality co-creation happens between the artist and audience and it is a critical intervention within an existing social systems that can catalyze social exchange. (SPAN) is about connecting people and ideas, perhaps a performance of connecting things that may not be connected and visualizing things that can be connected, then exploring the possibility once these connections are made.
Check out our Podcast. We have produced 18 full interviews based on material from our archive. We are working to produce the additional interviews as fast as we can.