The Listening Academy, Cairo

March 20, 2023

Organized and facilitated by the artists and researchers Brandon LaBelle and Sara Hamdy, in the studio of the “Sonic Spaces” project in Maadi, Goethe-Institut Cairo, Downtown, and Studio Feryal in Maadi. The aim of this opportunity is to invite artists and researchers to discuss and share different artistic practices through the concepts of sound and listening to explore common points and areas of interest. We hope that this open framework can support the diversity of individual approaches and forms of exchange across disciplines, where we can think together about different questions and sound issues.

The program includes presentations, workshop discussions, and performances, which will last a week in which we explore together the movement of the city, discussion of research and audio-art materials and conduct listening exercises, and how listening can influence creative and critical practices through participation and working together. With this version of the Listening Academy, we conclude the first archival session of the Sonic Spaces project and its themes about moving and movement in the city and their relationship to sound.

Including the participation of Sara Hamdy, Malak Helmy, Doa Aly, Maria Frederika Malmström, Fatma El Zahraa, Yara Mekawei, Noura Seif, Dalia Omran, Shadwa Ali, Christopher Mahon, among others.