Second edition - 2023

attentional ecologies and poetic sensing
Abdellah Hassak

In contrast to forms of cognitive capitalism, Yves Citton argues for attentional ecologies that can support and enhance sensate sovereignty across society. While cognitive capitalism instrumentalizes and individualizes attention, attentional ecologies nurture critical and creative capacities and related interdependent bonds. Ecologies of attention are fundamental to acknowledging and supporting mutuality and reciprocity; they do much to keep open what counts within the arenas of the sensible, reminding how “attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity” (S. Weil). The second edition of The Listening Biennial is envisaged as an ecology of attention, one shaped by a critical concern for challenging existing constructs of exclusion and extraction, and that invites a shift from paying to giving attention. Such giving is emphasized as profoundly dynamic, that moves across a range of sites and scenes, and whose movements incite and seed forms of recognition and cooperation, collective joy and contestation. This includes what we may term poetic sensing, where methods of engagement are enhanced by the power of the imagination. Following such perspectives, The Listening Biennial opens onto questions of sensate sovereignty and attentional ecologies, as well as imaginary power and the acts of storying that follow, and how these contribute to communal flourishing.

The Listening Biennial will run from July 6 - August 8, 2023.

As an exhibition and program of events, The Listening Biennial is facilitated through a network of participating institutions, spaces and curators, each of which supports the presentation of the Biennial across a range of sites. From its inception, the Biennial has been developed following a decentralized structure so as to nurture a greater sense for listening as what may support transcultural exchange and sharing. From Buenos Aires to Istanbul, Berlin to Manila, the Biennial searches for ways to foster links and connections, where the same commissioned audio works are shared and presented at participating venues over the same period and through diverse modes, including performance events, exhibition installations, listening sessions, radio transmissions and workshops. For the second edition of The Listening Biennial this takes shape through the presentation of 35 participating artists across 30 locations, which includes local programs of events and encounters. Through such an approach, the Biennial wishes to engage areas of concern within the arts while inviting artists to reflect upon the role listening plays in their process and work, as well as across different societal contexts.

Curators: Rayya Badran, Guely Morato, Luísa Santos, Dayang Yraola 
with curatorial partners: Anastasia (A) Khodyreva, Bojana Knezevic, Isuru Kumarsinghe and Sara Mikolai, Gentian Meikleham, Debashis Sinha, Elif Gülin Soğuksu, Lucia Udvardyova
Artistic director: Brandon LaBelle
Curatorial associates: Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, Israel Martínez, Yang Yeung

Financial support for the Listening Biennial has been received from the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme, and the Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design, University of Bergen. Additional funding and support has been received from Oficina de Autonomia Network, Errant Bodies / Errant Sound Berlin, Goethe Institute Philippines and Kolkata, family and friends.


  • Nicolás Kisic Aguirre
  • Rouzbeh Akhbari
  • Ayọ̀ Akínwándé
  • Yara Asmar
  • Aya Atoui
  • Teresa Barrozo
  • Ariel Bustamante
  • Alejandra Canelas
  • Lucia Herbas Cordero
  • Jimena Croceri & Sara Hamdy
  • Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui
  • Tara Fatehi and Pouya Ehsaei
  • Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti
  • Victor Mazón Gardoqui
  • Abdellah M. Hassak
  • Hasan Hujairi
  • Igor Jesus
  • Jason Kahn
  • Dirar Kalash
  • Arendse Krabbe
  • Landra (Sara Rodrigues with Rodrigo Camacho)
  • Yolanda Mamani Mamani
  • mamoru
  • Sary Moussa
  • Arnont Nongyao
  • Ayumi Paul
  • Bernardo Rozzo
  • Griselda Sánchez
  • Alexandre St-Onge
  • The Observatory
  • Zorka Wollny


  • Müze Gazhane, Istanbul
  • Errant Bodies, Berlin
  • Lydgalleriet, Bergen
  • Center for Cultural Decontamination, Belgrade
  • Alitaptap Artists Community, Brgy. Halang, Cavite, Philippines
  • Faculty of Painting, Graphic Design and Sculpture, Silpakorn University, Bangkok
  • Faculty of Creative Multimedia, Multimedia University, Cyberjaya
  • PAROLA-UP Fine Arts Gallery, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City
  • soundpocket, Hong Kong
  • Beirut Art Center, Beirut
  • Sonic Spaces, Cairo
  • SomaRumor, Rio de Janeiro
  • Tsonami Arte Sonoro, Valparaíso
  • CASo - Centro de Arte Sonoro, Buenos Aires
  • Space21, Kurdistan
  • Listen Gallery, Glasgow
  • Galeria Quadrum, Lisbon
  • Galeria Antecâmara, Lisbon
  • Brotéria, Lisbon
  • Hangar, Lisbon
  • AMEE, Madrid
  • Neu Workshop, Munich
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto
  • L’École d’art of Université Laval, Quebec City
  • Bakeriya Space, Colombo
  • Radio Alhara, Bethlehem


  • Rayya Badran
  • Luísa Santos
  • Guely Morato
  • Dayang Yraola