KNOWLEDGE FROM LISTENING 2024 - Sense, care and design of the phonosphere (Study meetings dedicated to Albert Mayr) - Tempo Reale

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    KNOWLEDGE FROM LISTENING 2024 – Sense, care and design of the phonosphere (Study meetings dedicated to Albert Mayr)

    KNOWLEDGE FROM LISTENING 2024 – Sense, care and design of the phonosphere (Study meetings dedicated to Albert Mayr)

    PRATO | 27th – 30th November
    FKL | CSMDB | Tempo Reale | Università degli Studi di Firenze | Proteo Fare Sapere Toscana

    Introduction: sound world and teaching perspectives
    In recent decades scientific research has brought us face to face with the reality (and possibility) of a much more complex and meaningful sound universe than we perhaps believed. We have discovered that sound communication between non-human “individuals”, at every level of complexity, is much more widespread and developed than we had supposed, thereby questioning the firmly held belief that communication through sound belonged exclusively to the anthropic realm, and accepting that sense of uncertainty that relativizes the meaning of our presence in the cosmos and leads us to feel like beings among others.
    Alongside this research perspective are artistic activities that draw attention and listening to sound worlds, intercepting them, developing their content and exhibiting them in various ways, in the constant search for actions that artificate the world, embracing the idea of an art disposed to capturing the extraordinary in life and all its manifestations that in individual expressive terms is measured by the quality of “objects” and specific works created by human beings.
    It is undoubtedly possible – and probably necessary – that the fruit of this “new” scientific and philosophical awareness, as well as the outcomes and sound practices that are becoming widespread in the field of art, enter into dialogue with the educational world, identifying fields of experience and experimentation that are common to both disciplines and allowing them to communicate. In this sense, the world of sound and the practice of listening show great potential (as yet partly unexplored) of being able to intersect instruction practices at every level, from early infancy to academic paths, and far beyond, with the prospect of the reinforcement and spread of continuing preparation.
    The meeting in Urbino in 1922 began documenting some of the potential intersections between “soundscape-related” themes and world of teaching and instruction. On that occasion a number of ideas were presented on a wide and varied range of matters, in which sound plays a role; therapeutic (music therapy), analytic (as an indicator of environmental and social functionality), spatial (in soundwalking practices), cultural recognition (through social identification and sharing of determinate territorial sound and acoustic markers), and many more. Moreover, contributions were made from a number of different disciplines: soundscape studies, and sound and music in general, happily crossing paths with literature, the history of art, hard sciences, architecture…
    FKL, in collaboration with CSMDB, Tempo Reale, Proteo Fare Sapere Toscana and the University of Florence, announces a new meeting in 2024 at which the dialogue between listening, creative production and sound worlds can be further explored, with particular attention to the constellation of instruction.

    Sense, care and design of the phonosphere
    If the well-being of the planet is compromised, the attention of the educational world is a prerequisite in order to take care of, as far as is possible, of the place in which we live.
    Apart from the issue and awareness of “being a species among species” – with everything that is involved regarding a reassessment of our role within the ecosystem – from the point of view of sound we and others emit and our listening, and more in general the acoustic features of the world, care of this dimension is unfortunately normally left to a few professional figures in the fields of design, architecture and urban planning, or often even left to a random unordered management. In this case the world of sound is considered solely as a chance happening, a collateral effect of human activity, the natural world and atmospheric events, rather than as a resource, a patrimony and opportunity.
    We also believe that a greater awareness should be acquired of the phonosphere as a question that regards everyone, that is to say a matter of citizenship first and foremost, and that it is important not to delegate this issue to people other than ourselves, as also through this awareness and shared experience civil co-living is founded. The questions we intend to pose through this meeting might be the following: which resources, which fields of activity and knowledge can we engage, which strategies and proposals can we adopt to build knowledgeably and manage the phonosphere together?
    In this context, schooling, and instruction more generally, play a fundamental role that professional figures – as important and necessary as they are – cannot cancel out.
    In this perspective, the concept of phonosphere refers to the full set of sounds present in a given environment, including both natural sounds and those generated by human activity. It is a concept applied in biology and in humanities, and invites us to adopt an acoustic approach to understanding and describing how living organisms interact and adapt to the surrounding sound environment and how they can adapt it: understand, define and communicate its sense, use it as a tool to care for the environment and to hypothesize a near future with ideas that could be presented at the meeting, and based on which develop proposals for intervention.
    Within the exploration of this theme, we would like to remember and celebrate Albert Mayr (Bolzano, 1943 – Firenze, 2024), the musician, sound artist, researcher and philosopher. Throughout his lifetime, Mayr was an important contributor to the study and communication of themes related to the “soundscape” and its perception. We will therefore welcome proposals that make reference to the relevance and impact of his ideas and activities in the fields of pedagogy and teaching, and of listening to time and landscapes.

    Who the meeting addressed to and information on participation
    The objective of the meeting is to gather ideas, operative proposals, resources, content, documented actions/events, from a variety of educational settings and disciplines that have adopted and applied research and/or exploratory activity, improvisation, sound composition, in relation to the general theme of “soundscapes”. To this purpose we are calling for teachers, investigators and researchers in any discipline, students, musicians, and educators to submit their proposals.
    We encourage contributions regarding personal and/or collaborative experiences and/or projects, as well as proposals for scientific papers. We would also encourage the formation of multidisciplinary groups of teachers to develop working proposals in the above-mentioned fields.
    We expect participants to be present at the meeting in person; in any case, remote participation we will consider accepting presentations in remote mode.
    As the event is organized by recognized training bodies (DM 8/06/2005), the meeting is automatically authorized according to articles 64 and 67 CCNL 2006/2009 of the Education Authority envisaging exemption from service and supply teaching replacement according to regulations on short term replacements.
    For teachers, students and any participant that requests it, an official certificate recognized at ministerial level can be issued attesting their participation in educational activities, as well as any training credits (CFU/CFA).
    To participate submitting a presentation, membership of FKL is mandatory. Information on membership can be found at the following web address:

    How to present your proposal
    Proposals must be submitted to the meeting’s secretariat by sending a brief abstract (maximum 2,000 characters) to the following email address

    Proposals for contributions must be of one of the following types:
    1. Research/action activities
    2. Paper Relazione di tipo critico, theoretical, methodological, also relating to specific case studies
    3. Presentation of a teachning experience with relative documentation
    4. Illustration of teaching tools

    Each intervention is envisaged to last 20 minutes.
    If possible, we would invite submissions to include a simple audiovisual presentation, lasting a maximum of 10 minutes, and that will be included in a “podcast” published on the meeting’s web page to share the material for possible discussion during the meeting. The video should be sent using wetransfer (or a similar service) to, in a compressed (.zip) folder that will also include the abstract. The file name should respect the following format:
    The last day on which proposals can be submitted is 31st May 2024.
    Proposals received will be examined by a commission made up of members from the organizations promoting the meeting.
    The proposals selected will be published by 31st July 2024.
    The meeting programme will be published by 20th September 2024.
    For further information or enquiries on participation procedures contact:

    Supporters of the conference include the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze.