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Breaking The Binary Listening Club

Date Workshop 1: 16 Feb 22,
Time 8:00pm (AEDT), 9:00am (GMT)
Date 02.03.2022
Location Workshop 2: 2 Mar 22
Date: 16.02.2022 Time: 8:00pm (AEDT)
Date: 16.02.2022 Time: 9:00am (GMT)

Overview

Science Gallery London and Science Gallery Melbourne will develop and host a series of Listening Club Workshops that bring young people based in London and Melbourne together. The workshops will take place as part of the UKAU season, ahead of the Breaking the Binary season opening in 2023 at Science Gallery Melbourne.

In a culture increasingly defined by the visual, what does listening mean today? Listening Club is a no-stress, participation experience that offers a moment to unlink from the visual. You are invited to eavesdrop on an audio encounter with people living and working in very different spheres, dipping into both the overlapping and contrasting meanings of sound for each. Does our sonic environment affect us in unconscious ways, and do we hear more than we realise? What surprises unfold when strangers explore common territory for the first time?

Led by artists Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey, the Listening Club brings together people with different expertise and practices to see what alchemy results for the listener. For the Breaking the Binary iteration of Listening Club, we will bring UK artists together with Science Gallery Melbourne’s SciCurious group, young people who participated in the original GENDERS season at Science Gallery London and students from King’s College London. The first session will introduce the format and some of the ideas behind the UK artist’ works, via the medium of sound. Participants will be invited to return to the next Listening Club with a sonic contribution of their own, to share and discuss with the group in a series of short reflections.

Following the second session, sound recordings will be made available via the gallery Soundcloud accounts, workshop outputs will also be featured on the respective galleries’ websites and social channels in the lead up to the Breaking the Binary exhibition at Science Gallery Melbourne.

The aims of the Breaking the Binary online Listening Club workshops are to:
● Facilitate cross cultural sharing of ideas and experiences between young people in London and Melbourne
● Enable young people to explore aspects peoples’ lived experiences of gender and identity through the lenses of art and science and the medium of sound
● Facilitate participants’ creative self expression via sound
● Encourage participant to reflect on their own experience of gender and identity in relation to other countries and cultures

Workshop 1: Wednesday 2nd Feb: 8pm Melb time / 9am London time (1 hour max)

The first session would be an introduction to the Listening Club with Breaking the Binary UK artists and SGM artists in residence: Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey.

Participants will include:
● UK artists exhibiting as part of Breaking the Binary (no. TBC): Danielle Brathwaite Shirley (WE ARE HERE BECAUSE OF THOSE WHO ARE NOT), Adham Faramawy (Skin Flick), Sade Mica (Grace in the Garms)
● SGM Sci-Curious group members
● MetroSpark group members who contributed to Danielle Brathwaite Shirley’s WE ARE HERE BECAUSE OF THOSE WHO ARE NOT
● Former SGL Young Leaders who were involved in the GENDERS season at SGL
● King’s students (Media Arts network, LGBTQ+ and other relevant kclsu societies)

Participants will introduced to the Listening Club format, contributing artists will share a series of sounds
that introduce their artistic practice and ideas around gender identity. All participants will be invited to bring back a sound recording exploring their encounters, experiences of gender identity to share with the group at the next workshop.

Workshop 2: Wednesday 16th February: 8pm Melb time / 9am London time (between 1-1.5hrs)

The second session would be a Listening Club performance and recording session – featuring up to 12 contributors. This session will be recorded and then made available at a later time. Participants will be invited to share their creative sound contributions and then the group will respond to each piece.

Participants will include:
● Listening Club artists and SGM artists in residence: Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey
● SGM Sci-Curious group members
● MetroSpark group members who contributed to Danielle Brathwaite Shirley commission WE ARE HERE BECAUSE OF THOSE WHO ARE NOT
● Former SGL Young Leaders who were involved in the GENDERS season at SGL
● King’s students (Media Arts network, LGBTQ+ and other relevant kclsu societies)

The recordings from session 2 will be made available to public audiences on the SGL and SGM Soundcloud accounts from late February.

Breaking the Binary presents a playful and kaleidoscopic view of genders, identity and their relationship with science and technology, creativity, culture, race and sexuality. The Season welcomes exploration around the vast expanse of intersections that break the concept of binary options. With genders at its heart, this exhibition will create connections and conversation through personal perspectives, interdisciplinary creative practice and research.

In collaboration between Science Gallery London and Melbourne, key contemporary UK artists and collectives, previously exhibited and commissioned by Science Gallery London, will be showcased in the exhibition. Each boldly advocates for empowerment and social change and will feature in a series of online trailblazing video events to launch in January 2022.

About the artist:

The Science Gallery Network consists of leading universities united around a singular mission: to ignite creativity and discovery where science and art collide. The nine galleries of the Science Gallery Network are committed to bringing disciplines together to deliver world-class educational and cultural experiences for young people.

Science Gallery London connects art, science and health to drive innovation in the heart of the city. Based within the Guy’s Campus and an integral part of King’s College London, it facilitates a creative and interdisciplinary dialogue between university researchers, staff and students, with artists and the local and international community.

Science Gallery Melbourne will be a bold addition to the city, playing a vital role in shifting our understanding of science, art and innovation. The Gallery will open in 2021 as part of Melbourne Connect – a new innovation precinct being developed by the University of Melbourne.

Image by Sylvian Deleu

Image by Sylvian Deleu