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Paths of interspecies communication

6. March 2021 at 11:30


Outdoor experiential workshop for kids 8-13

Workshop with the use of the silent disco system (portable short-range FM transmitter and headphones with built-in FM receiver): get to know the sound world of animals, discover different ways of sound communication and explore how animals create.

Through the adventure workshop, the participants discover the sound world of different animals. Active listening is encouraged by questions, and upgraded by providing new information through interesting, activating tasks. During the workshop, participants learn about the differences between sound communication and sound creativity of different animal species and ask themselves about what animals communicate, why they communicate and when their sounds can be understood as an expression of sound creativity. Can humans also communicate with other animals through sound? Can we create sound art with them? The participants of the workshop get to know the pioneers in the fields of interspecies communication and interspecies art – how Jim Nollman played the blues with whales and what Bernie Krause, the pioneer of sound ecology, has discovered through decades of recording and listening to the same habitats. Participants are encouraged to think about animals as individuals and to question established ways of thinking about their lives, social contacts and creation.

How to apply

Pre-registration required: cona@cona.si
Equipment: weather-appropriate clothing and footwear
at the end of the exhibition AnimotMUZIK II
Meeting point: in front of MGLC Ljubljana

Author of the workshop
Uršek Slivšek

A graduate psychologist (Leiden University, the Netherlands), she has experience in the fields of research, creation, cognition, learning, pedagogy and activism. He has been a long-term collaborator with youth organizations (Socially Integrated, Association of Friends of Youth Moste-Polje), sports associations (ŠD Riba, PK Ilirija, Aquamania) and academic organizations (Leiden University Pride, LU Green Office). He has led workshops for children with special needs, children from socially disadvantaged families and marginalized groups. His work is based on the ethical principles of solidarity and understanding of psychological factors on individual development.

Katarina Radaljac

An activist with a MA musicology. In their research, they are focusing on non-human animal music and on interaction with animals. In this process they connects different scientific and artistic fields such as zoomusicology, applied ethnomusicology, interspecies art, human-animal studies, animal ethics and others. In 2019, they successfully curated the first edition of the transcendental music cycle – animotMUZIK, and in January 2021 their second edition.

Colophon

Workshop creators and mentors Katarina Radaljac and Uršek Slivšek
Coordinator of pedagogical contents Irena Pivka
Technical Manager Brane Zorman
Illustration by Nea Likar
Production Zone, Institute for the Processing of Contemporary Art, 2021