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VOICES: Salomé Voegelin


Still from the performance Uncurating Knowledge|Portrait of Salomé Voegelin courtesy RobertoRuiz Tabacalera Gallery Madrid

Tuesday, April 18, 2023
Virtual via Zoom
400 S Peoria St, Chicago, IL 60607

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Join writer and researcher Salomé Voegelin for a lecture based on her new book, Uncurating Sound: Knowledge with Voice and Hands, which compares curation and “uncuration.” By exposing violence in contemporary art and reflecting on corrupt norms, Voegelin explores the relationship between the contemporary and the viral and delves into “transversal sound studies,” an interdisciplinary approach that challenges typical ways of seeing and listening. Through these methods, Voegelin demonstrates the possibility for sound to address entangled problems of planetary and human health, resource scarcity, and social justice.


Salomé Voegelin is an artist, writer and researcher engaged in listening as a socio-political practice. She writes essays and text-scores for performance and publication. Books include Sonic Possible Worlds (2014/21), The Political Possibility of Sound (2018), and Listening to Noise and Silence (2010). Her new book Uncurating Sound: Knowledge with voice and hands, appears with Bloomsbury in early 2023. It moves curation through the double negative of not not to ‘uncuration’: untethering knowledge from the expectations of reference and a canonical frame, and reconsidering art as political not in its message or aim, but by the way it confronts the institution. Voegelin’s practice engages in participatory, collective and communal approaches. Between 2014 and up to the Covid Pandemic in 2020 she co-convened, with Mark Peter Wright, the regular cross-disciplinary listening and sound making event Points of Listening. And since 2008 she collaborates with David Mollin (Mollin+Voegelin) in a practice that reconsiders socio-political, architectural and aesthetic actualities and sites from the blindspots of a leaky vision, and the possibilities of sound, things, voices and texts. Voegelin is a Professor of Sound at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. She is the PI (Principle Investigator) on the UK research council funded project the Sounding Knowledge Network. 

ACCESS INFORMATION: This program is free and CART captioning will be available. For questions and access accommodations, email