Animal Listening
ago 09, 2010 - ago 13, 2010 | Arteleku

Animal Listening


Given by Slavek Kwi a.k.a. Artificial Memory Trace

Co-ordination: Audiolab

Dates: From 9 to 13 August

Registration date: 29 July. Send your personal details along with your CV and a covering letter, stating your interest, to

Various exercises are planned, including field recording sessions (at different times and according to the availability of the participants) and other explorations of sound environments. Parallel to this there will be listening sessions of compiled material, which will be used as the basis for analysis, study and debate by the participants.

People attending the workshop should bring a laptop with editing software, a recording device and a basic microphone. Arteleku will make two recorders and various microphones available for the workshop.

Notes by Slavek Kwi

“My main interest lies in the phenomena of perception as the fundamental determinant of relations with reality. Reality is so strange by its very nature that it’s difficult to imagine that it really exists...”

For the last 30 years I have been fascinated by many sound environments, focusing on what I call “sound paintings”. These complex audio-situations are created mainly from field recordings and site-specific recordings with a special interest in the eco-systems of tropical and sub-aquatic forests. As a result I make multi-channel sound works, as “cinema for ears” and multi-dimensional sound installations. This event is part of the ZoOo programme, with this second edition being devoted to the animal sound universe, carried out in collaboration with the environmental resource centre CRISTINA ENEA in Donostia-San Sebastián and PROYECTO AMARIKA PROIEKTUA in Vitoria-Gasteiz. Further information on the programme can be found at: /

Slavek Kwi is a sound-artist, composer and researcher. From the early nineties he has operated under the name Artificial Memory Trace, under which he has released various records and contributed to several international compilations. He has worked on collaborations with other artists from the same field such as Eric La Casa, winning awards in events such as the Bourges Electroacoustic Music Festival. Alongside this, Slavek carries out sound workshops with autistic children and those with learning disabilities. These workshops place emphasis on listening and the stimulation of creativity through observation. Slavek Kwi was born in Czechoslovakia, lived for 14 years in Belgium and since 2000 he has been based in Ireland.

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