If You Listen to Nettles,
They Won't Sting You Conference performance in nettle garden 30'. The Listening Biennial / La Bienal de la Escucha / The Listening Biennial Errant Sound. Berlin, Germany 2021
Our notion of the tamed and untamed has been heavily influenced by the colonial duality of the civilized and the savage, a binary which sows a toxic correlation of frameworks that privilege certain worlds views - worldviews that maintain the hegemonic order, the standard, the social contract. Embodying the untamed is thus undoing years and years (and centuries) of corporal oppression, of historical classifications, and of gender performativity.
Incorporating the untamed is aligning the body with the landscape, both as a listening device and as a channel. The untamed is not disorganized nor loose of structure, it is rather organized within a generative alignment and a profound order Within the untamed there is the possibility to conceive the yet unconceived.
Untamed listening involves questioning the binarism of active and passive, transmitter and receiver, subject and object...untamed listening enables the dissolution of such divisions... Untamed listening should be seen under a systematic lens, in which codependence, relationality and interaction amongst the elements of the context add a different quality and generate the necessary and fundamental conditions for its functioning, untamed listening recognizes everything in the context as active subjects with agency, interdependent elements that send and receive, simultaneously, as transceiver (the combination of a transmitter and a receiver)
What if we conceive listening practices which understand the diversity of roles within the listening experience as dynamic interchangeable positions in fluxus, all vital and fundamental?