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 participants 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.
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'. Explore the open-access online archive on YouTube.
PROGRAMME OF EVENTS
[click on the session heading to link to a playlist; click on a title to view individual presentations]
Day 1 (Saturday 25 April 2020)
Q&A with Session 1 contributors, moderated by Louise Gray
‘The Musical Activist’ Sarah Nicolls
Round-table discussion, moderated by Juliet Fraser with Sarah Nicolls, Cathy Eastburn & Annea Lockwood
Day 2 (Sunday 26 April 2020)
Open Q&A, moderated by GRiNM
Round-table discussion, moderated by Sara Mohr-Pietsch with Fay Jennett, Rosanna Lovell & Tim Rutherford-Johnson
Q&A with Session 4 contributors, moderated by Marlo De Lara
Closing thoughts and thank-yous Juliet Fraser
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!
PROGRAMME OF EVENTS
Day 1 (Saturday 17 March 2018)
Coffee & welcome
'Transforming the List: Activism through Bibliography' Nomi Epstein
'PIXERCISE' Kathryn Williams & Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh
Roundtable 1 'Giving voice: the power and the pitfalls' with Cassandra Miller and Susanna Eastburn, moderated by Mira Benjamin
'I mean they're not actually caverns: revisiting, reciprocating and repurposing field recordings' Freya Johnson Ross & Chrissy Stirling
'The space between us: listening to the unheard' Louise Gray
Ryoko Akama - a performance examining the relationship between performers and composers, and the translation and form between text and sound, with Jennie Gottschalk and Nomi Epstein
Day 2 (Sunday 18 March 2018)
discussion on 'Creation and Procreation: marrying parenthood and the creative process' led by Emily Doolittle
'Listening to Women' Mary J. King
'White Fire' Lainie Fefferman
'Permission and Opportunity' Jennie Gottschalk
'(im)personal material: a case study in collaborative embodiment' Jessica Aszodi
'The Vagina is the Third Ear' Miya Masaoka
'Toward a Less Self-Centred Voice' Andrea Young
Roundtable 2 'Instigating the change' with Jessica Cottis, Andrea Young and Lucy Railton, moderated by Juliet Fraser