In the bustling capital city, we recently attended a Deep Listening workshop called ‘portals’ by Sound artist Nithin Shams at Khoj Studios in Delhi. But what does Deep Listening actually feel like?
Imagine a plain black image. At first, that’s what it feels like – an empty space. But that’s before the magic begins.
So, what exactly is Deep Listening? It’s a way of experiencing the world that goes beyond relying solely on our sense of sight. It acknowledges that our usual way of seeing things often creates a divide between ourselves and what we observe. Instead, Deep Listening encourages us to use our sense of hearing as a pathway to connect and understand.
You might wonder why a visual arts discovery platform like Art Fervour is interested in something that seems to diminish the visual aspect. Well, here are four reasons why we believe Deep Listening can actually enhance our perception of art and our interaction with it:
- Expanded understanding: Deep Listening allows us to move beyond our initial visual impressions and delve deeper into the artwork’s meaning and intention. By actively listening to our thoughts, emotions, and sensations that arise while observing the artwork, we can uncover hidden layers and nuances that might not be immediately apparent through visual observation alone.
- Empathy and connection: Deep Listening fosters a sense of empathy and connection with the artwork and the artist. By immersing ourselves in the experience of the artwork, we can cultivate a deeper understanding of the artist’s perspective, intentions, and the emotions they sought to convey. This empathy allows us to connect more deeply with the artwork on an emotional and intellectual level.
- Engaging with context: This practice encourages us to consider the broader context surrounding the artwork, such as its historical, cultural, and social significance. By actively listening to the narratives, symbols, and themes present in the artwork, we can explore how it relates to larger societal issues or personal experiences, enriching our understanding and interpretation.
- Heightened sensory experience: Deep Listening helps us tune in to the subtleties and details within the artwork. By being fully present and attentive, we can notice intricate brushstrokes, color combinations, textures, and other sensory elements that contribute to the overall aesthetic experience. This heightened sensory awareness deepens our appreciation and engagement with the visual aspects of the artwork.
Here’s the key: Deep Listening doesn’t require a specific end goal. The journey itself is the experience. You can try experiential listening exercises, sonic meditations, or even explore experimental cinema from the comfort of your home to connect with yourself. And if you’re unsure where to start, simply close your eyes, take a deep breath, and allow the sounds around you to come to life.
There’s a whole world of drones just waiting for you to discover them.