Garp Sessions 2021

Daring Auralities 

“The noisy multitude is an object that is common as muck, yet so much philosophy would prefer to ignore this.”* 

Pondering on ‘noisy multitudes’ and the fundamental question that differentiates between “who speaks” and “who listens”, we wonder what would happen to this distinction if we softened the fringes. This would mean to interrupt the distributed agencies of speaking as active and listening as passive, as well as other binaries such as solidity and fluidity, power and weakness, masculinity and femininity attributed to different acts of aurality. Imagining aurality as a set of relational acts instead, or perhaps an ever-expanding web of sounds, voices, matter, technologies, histories, ethics, and poetics, we feel the urge to explore and scrutinize the different threads in this rich field.  

So far, preliminary explorations have branched out into a wide range of contexts and themes, such as the sounding body, the different currencies of visual and spoken language, theatre aurality, respiratory inequalities (caused by people, not a virus), storytelling, digital and analog regimes of hearing, the inseparability of breath and winds, listening techniques of feminist consciousness-raising groups from the 1970s, somatic sound healing, broadcasting, deep listening, collective sharing, and carework.

During our time at Babakale, we will be looking into how these questions reverberate within our group and throughout our respective artistic and theoretical research: What will our voices carry? What will we define as noise, and what will we try to silence? Will lending an ear to aurality itself change the ways we think about our work, sense the world, and coexist? 

Daring Auralities, organised by Garp Sessions, will take place between 9-18 July 2021. 

* Yve Lomax: A Twittering Noise.


Amelie Wedel is a researcher and curator based in Berlin. As a PhD student of media studies at Bauhaus-University, she explores the intersections between critical ecologies and political-poetic documentary film. Alongside her academic work, she inquires into resistant forms of studying and working collaboratively through feminist research methods, scores, storytelling and writing. A former curator at Grimmuseum, Berlin, she is currently conceiving a series of online film screenings.

Ali Yalgın is a freelance theatre director, dramaturge, as well as a PhD student in Theatre and Performance at Columbia University. Most recently, he directed Ella Hickson’s “The Writer” for Pürtelaş Tiyatro, and Henrik Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People” for Kadir Has University in Istanbul. Currently he is working on his dissertation proposal.