Today is the yearly celebration of World Listening Day, which has “future listening” as this year’s central theme, proposed by Filipino sound artist Teresa Barrozo.
The theme calls for reimagining a personal and universal future through listening. Participants are encouraged to examine their hopes, dreams, ambitions and fears for the future and reflect on the question,
“What does your future sound like?”
We invite the participants to imagine sonic possible worlds and the future of acoustic ecology through soundwalks, field recordings, site-specific performances, and curated events and concerts on the theme. Participants can also participate in virtual worlds by listening and sharing endangered sounds and identifying sounds they want to render obsolete in their future.
Future Listening ultimately aims to engage the world in opening its ears to the present and in acknowledging the immense capacity of the act of listening in shaping our collective future.
Here are general guide questions to consider:
What does your past sound like? What does your present sound like?
Which sounds do you wish to retain? Which sounds do you wish never to hear again?
Which sounds do you consider as toxic waste?
How does silence and noise sound in your future?
Which sounds have gone silent?
Can you still hear?