Schering Stiftung


Time to listen

The Ecological Crisis in Sound and Music

Time to listen

The Ecological Crisis in Sound and Music


August 18 – September 03, 2023


Akademie der Künste
Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin

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At the “Time to Listen” festival, international artists will respond to the urgency of the climate and environmental crisis with musical means. Using sounds, they inspire us to reflect on our relationship to the environment, technology, Indigenous knowledge, climate justice, and consumerism in the Anthropocene. The artists make visible global perspectives and worldwide concerns, and invite you to listen to the last refuges of biodiversity in rain forests, melting glaciers, and desertifying Sub-Saharan countries. At the same time, they highlight the disregard for life in practices such as waste management, livestock farming, overfishing, and soil sealing.

As part of the festival, the Schering Stiftung supports the production of the sound installation “Listening to Ballona – from a Natural History Museum of the Future” by the Los Angeles-based composer Daniel Rothman. The play-back mechanism of the sound installation, which visitors can only hear when they themselves hit the pedals, was developed in cooperation with the physicist and sound installation artist Andrea Heilrath (TU Berlin). The installation seeks to reveal a paradox: It makes audible voices of birds that used to live in an urban wetland area in Los Angeles that no longer exists today. Still, these recordings continue to be of major relevance for scientists who study precisely these animal species. Not least, the work shows that we are living in a scientific golden age that ironically goes hand in hand with the pillaging and pollution of natural habitats.

The bioacoustic long-term recordings were made possible with support from the Puffin Foundation and the Bruce Geller Memorial Prize of the Institute for Jewish Creativity.

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An event of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin



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