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WHAT IS INTERSTITIAL LISTENING (IL)?

  • IL is a multi-sensory listening practice, aimed at tuning awareness of how rhythms emerge in movement and music.
  • IL is a technique for exploring and reimagining habits of relation between performers and media in real-time.
  • IL is a means to draw out and care for generative differences in how we each navigate a shared environment, on stage and off.

WHAT IS OUR APPROACH?

  • At the heart of IL is an impossible task – that is, to synchronize one’s own actions with that of any other person or thing.
  • Each IL session involves a series of repetitive tasks, such as tapping, breathing, walking, or improvising movement and music alongside a metronome that starts out regular, but becomes increasingly unpredictable and difficult to align with.
  • With each tick of the metronome, you are asked to bring awareness to the temporal gaps, or interstices, that emerge between yourself and another; each interstice is an opportunity to explore and intervene aesthetically in the ways in which rhythms emerge in movement and music.
  • The somatic dimensions of IL involve bringing awareness to the behaviour of one’s own awareness, and to the effects of disciplinary habits and patterns, such that we may engage more fully with the inherent musicality of movement itself.

WHO’S IT FOR?

  • IL (formerly Relational Listening) is shared in a wide range of contexts associated with the performing arts, media arts, human-computer interaction, engineering, and philosophy. 
  • Additionally, IL involves specialised strands of training for professional dancers and musicians of all genres. IL training with performers draws on somatic principles, and delves into discipline-specific habits and patterns as a means to hone aesthetic versatility.
  • In its broadest sense, IL is intended for and open to everyone! As an exploration of what it means to perform ‘together’ in time, IL cuts across disciplinary, as well as personal and professional boundaries.