Deaf Sound Art: hearing as a bodily experience

a series of workshops with Deaf and hard-of-hearing young adults in the Greek National Opera

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TWIXTlab's inquiries in regards with Deaf experience with sound art and music within Audibility, were were brought into play among young adults, in the context of the Social and Educational Actions of the Greek National Opera workshop series, titled "Sound Art and Deaf Experience : Sound as a bodily experience". The workshops were led by TWIXTlab's key researchers and practitioners for Audibility, Dana Papachristou and Yorgos Samantas, with the collaboration of composer Orestis Karamanlis.

The series of educational activities aimed to lay the foundations for a broadening of the listening condition from an auditory experience to an embodied experience. The educational workshops were addressed to deaf and hard of hearing people, as well as to those who participate in the deaf community in any way, regardless of their familiarity with artistic practice. The central educational goals of the program were to reverse the condition of naturalized exclusion, to introduce participants to the world of music and sound art, and to create collaborative sound projects through participatory design and workshop practices. The means deployed for this project were vibration, sound visualization, art history, music theory, and other contemporary technological possibilities.

Workshops were self-contained and participants joined in those of their choice.

The workshops included interpretation in the Greek Sign Language

Our circle of 18 participants in total was enhanced by visits and presentations of expert interlocutors, collaborators and practitioners, Ourania Anastasiadou (ASFA Accessible Education Deptartment), Eva Fotiadi (CARADT, Other Abilities project, NL), Nicole Watson (Surface Area Dance Theatre Company, UK).

The series concluded with a "relaxed performance" of "Radar", a structured improvisational piece by Orestis Karamanlis, composed for the purpose, based on the same-titled digital conduction tool ("radar") he programmed himself on SuperCollider.

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"One of the most beautiful experiences I had was to discover my potential in sound and in creating music with a musical instrument, which until now I thought I was not allowed due to my limited hearing. Through this seminar I discovered and learned a lot... That finally we all can do it!! Will conquers all obstacles! Music is all of US!! 🙂 "

Virginia Petrinoli

"Unique experience. Something that a deaf person will hardly be lucky enough to experience. 😊"



The educational program "Sound art and Deafness: music as an embodied experience" of the Educational & Social Actions of the Greek National Opera completes its series of workshops with a relaxed performance of a structured improvisation, on Saturday 29 April 2023 at 14.00 in the foyer of the GNO, in Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC). Free admission.

Participants of the workshops "Sound art and Deafness: music as an embodied experience" and the Transcultural Orchestra of GNO will improvise together, offering a new experience of musical co-creation, which makes use of visual stimuli rather than hearing. The members will experiment with an original software for orchestra synchronization, created by composer and sound artist Orestis Karamanlis, and will play in public in the context of a relaxed performance.

We will thus all have the opportunity to experience and contribute to the process of creating the musical work, but also to familiarize ourselves with the condition of the relaxed performance, a trend in the performing arts that is gradually spreading to a multitude of music and theater scenes abroad with the aiming at universal accessibility and inclusivity for the performance arts.

The educational program is part of the cycle of universal accessibility actions "All together at the opera", which is implemented with the support of Alpha Bank.

📌 Relaxed performance design: Akoo-o & TWIXTlab (Dana Papachristou and Yorgos Samantas, with the support of "B-Air: Art Infinity Radio" program, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the EU) and the Transcultural Orchestra of the GNO

📌Conduction, programming: Orestis Karamanlis (composer, sound artist, teacher at EKPA)

📌GSL Interpretation: Xenia Nikolakopoulou

👉Saturday, April 29, 2023 👉Start time: 14.00 👉Foyer of the National Opera - SNFCC 👉Free admission

GNO Accessibility Sponsor: Alpha Bank // Major Donor of ELS Educational & Social Actions: Stavros Niarchos Foundation