symposium /sɪmˈpəʊzɪəm/ n.
1. A conference or meeting to discuss a particular subject.
2. A drinking party or convivial discussion, especially as held in ancient Greece after a banquet.
Each eavesdropping season culminates in a weekend-long symposium, providing an opportunity for local and visiting artists alike to reflect together on a given topic. The programme usually features a variety of papers, presentations, performances and discussions, given by special guests (a less formal way of describing 'keynote speakers') and presenters gathered through a Call for Papers. The general atmosphere is intimate and low-key but nonetheless highly engaging — eavesdropping is a venture run by artists for artists, and the main objective of the symposium is to foster community and fruitful debate.
24 & 25 APRIL 2021
eavesdropping's third season culminated in a two-day symposium, this year held online via YouTube and Zoom. Together we explored 'the sounding body: site of trouble and transcendence'.
SPECIAL GUESTS: Nadine Benjamin, Laura Bowler, Winnie Huang
PRESENTERS: Julie Herndon, Elisabeth Lusche, Vanessa Di Michelis, Sara Mohr-Pietsch, Pia Palme, Lottie Sadd, prOphecy sun
ROUNDTABLE GUESTS: Ailís Ní Ríain, Nadine Benjamin, Ben Spatz, Joanna Ward
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eavesdropping symposium: season 2
eavesdropping's second season culminated in a weekend-long symposium, held online due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which explored 'creative activism: radical responses within new music'.
By popular demand, here is Annea Lockwood's short statement, given during the round-table discussion on 'The Climate Crisis & Eco-composition' on 25 April 2020. You can hear Annea read it on our YouTube channel (archive to be published Friday 1 May 2020).
During one of the symposium discussions, a participant asked Annea if she might have suggestions of material that could prompt some attentive listening at home during lockdown. It's a huge pleasure to be able to share here 'A little guidebook for home listening', generously collated by Annea in response to this request and featuring contributions from Ruth Anderson, Sam Auinger, David Behrman, katrinem, Annea Lockwood, Bruce Odland and Liz Phillips. Feel free to share!
eavesdropping's first season culminated in a weekend-long symposium: featuring special guests Ryoko Akama, Jennie Gottschalk, Louise Gray and Andrea Young, this was an opportunity for local and visiting artists alike to reflect together on female creativity and the legacy and future of women in new music. The programme included eight short 'papers' selected from the broad and international response to the Call for Papers run in late 2017, two roundtable debates, two performances, a discussion, multiple Q&As and some excellent nosh. We welcomed symposiasts from Australia, Canada, Ireland and USA!