Architecture Open Lecture Series

Alex De Little - Spatial Listening / Alan Dunn - TAPE BRITAIN & the Mirror Pool

  • 17.00 - 17.45
  • 16 Oct 2019
Alex De Little - Spatial Listening / Alan Dunn - TAPE BRITAIN & the Mirror Pool

Alex De Little
Spatial Listening


 In response to a contemporary (Western) cultural disposition that is variously described as ocularcentric and disembodied, Alex’s recent research situates sound and listening as alternate potentialities for relating to, and understanding, the architectural environment. This talk puts forward a practice of listening — rendered through a series of sonic works — that engages subjects in methodical and embodied modes of thinking-through-sound as a way to create sonic knowledges of the architectural environment; in relation to the acoustic phenomena of echo, resonance, and reverberation.


Alex De Little is a sonic artist and researcher with bases in Leeds and London, UK. His practice encompasses installation, composition, performance and workshops; it is concerned with the interrogation of listening as a way to understand environment, self, and social relations. Alex’s work and collaborations have been featured at the Venice Biennale, the Tate Modern, Somerset House, Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Health Museum (Houston, TX), Den Frie Centre for Contemporary Art (Copenhagen), The National Science and Media Museum, London Contemporary Music Festival, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, and the Hepworth Wakefield. Alex recently completed a practice-based PhD with Scott McLaughlin and Martin Iddon at the University of Leeds, and is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Arts and Humanities Research Institute. He is a member of CAVE (Centre for Audio-Visual Experimentation), and a visiting lecturer at the University of Leeds.

Alan Dunn
TAPE BRITAIN & the Mirror Pool


This lecture reflects on two projects at Tate Britain and the National Science and Media Museum in which I used sound as the core medium through which to test out new models for audience engagement, tape splicing and the tangibility of listening within institutions.


Dr Alan Dunn studied at Glasgow School of Art and The Art Institute of Chicago and completed his PhD at Leeds Beckett on the relationship between sound art and the everyday. Through a series of high level curatorial projects, he has presented soundworks and digital animations in a variety of settings including agreed content from Gerhard Richter, Pauline Oliveros, Brian Eno, Einsturzende Neubauten, Bikini Kill and Chris Watson. 

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