Text by CLOT Magazine
Jon Wozencroft, one of the founders of the legendary experimental imprint Touch, developed his sound seminars in the late 1980s to highlight the potential of sound-related research and practice in art and design education. He is back with The Listening Eye, on March 5, 2020, at Iklectik in London.
The seminars primarily promote the art of listening and seek to rebalance the dominant bias of visual culture, favouring the eye over the ear. With the premise that listening both enhances one’s perceptual awareness and creates an oasis away from the continuous media input, they also aim to underline the power of sound and music as catalysts for change in a context in which recorded music has been progressively devalued in the digital environment.
Drawing upon forty years of working in music publishing and performance, Wozencroft moves the audience between and beyond genre classifications and makes connections where past, present, and future come alive at the moment.
Each session follows a theme. The Listening Eye is a broad introduction to the ethos of the seminars and the interplay between storytelling, composition and experimentation. They take place in a darkened room, echoing the collective cinema experience whilst being avowedly personal and involving.
In parallel with the sound seminar, works connected to the theme will be exhibited. Iklectik offers the opportunity to sell your artwork/prints/books by sending them some pictures and a brief description.