DOTE invites you to join us a year-long co-enquiry into deep listening as a transformative collective practice. Each month throughout the calendar arc of the festival, artist-in-resonance Ian Nesbitt holds space for listening to each other and our environments, framing the practice as ‘co-listening’. Co-listening focuses on transformative listening by freeing participants from the need to respond, and to listen for understanding rather than agreement. The co- prefix could refer to those beings we share space with, human or otherwise, or nod towards principles such as co-operation, co-llectivism, and co-mmoning.
Ian reflects on the practice:
“Each month new and now familiar faces arrive, and what I have been most struck by as the sessions have progressed, is how each time is so markedly different. The rhythm and feel of each session is distinct, held by the growing experience within the group, and also invigorated by those experiencing it for the first time. We listen to each other speaking and we listen to each other refrain from speaking. We listen together to sounds from our individual environments that punctuate our shared silence: children playing in Amsterdam, birds in a tree in Alexandria, a coffee being delivered to a cafe table in Palermo, the dusk falling in Paris, a laptop overheating in Sheffield. We listen to the silences that we build together, which have something of a healing quality for the knowing that we have built them together.”
These are freeform sessions with no anticipated results, but which may offer participants space for deeper collective consideration. This generative and communal process underpins all of Ian’s work with DOTE throughout the festival year and all are warmly invited to be present.
Sessions take place online every month since April 2022. Each session takes about 1,5 hour from 19:00 – 20:30 CET (or 18:00 BST / London)
Please register for free by following the ticket link for each event below or by going to our general ticketing page.