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"Lobau Listening Comprehensions" is a site-specific investigation of the Lobau (from the Vienna Danube floodplains to Hainburg) that includes personal experiences, ecological conditions, current political negotiations as well as historical events. We work with sound from different perspectives and through different practices: collective listening, oral histories, acoustic ecology, science communication.
In doing so, our respective disciplines (cultural studies/journalism, social ecology/environmental history, freshwater ecology/artistic research) intertwine to create a multi-layered portrait of the Lobau. Inspired by the philosophical concept of 'thick present' (Karen Barad), journalistic and oral history interviews, artistic re- and pre-enactments, and methods of environmental listening are brought together. This allows for a situated storytelling of pasts, a critical look at the present, an inspired envisioning of the future. A historical as well as current look at activisms and protests in regard to the Lobau are central.
"Lobau Listening Comprehensions" attempts a careful, if necessarily partial, inventory of the socio-cultural and ecological dimensions of the Lobau. To this end, we develop the cyborg GERTI, a modular and mutable entity with which we collaborate to record and play back sounds. GERTI collects impressions and voices - human and more-than-human. As a means, a method, a mentor and a mixing machine, she will be here for us – and for you too!

Lobau Listening Comprehensions wird durch eine INTRA-Förderung der Universität für Angewandte Kunst unterstützt. Projektbeschreibung auf Deutsch.


Wir freuen uns, Euch zum ersten Happening der „Lobau Listening Comprehensions“ einzuladen, bei der wir Gerti erkunden, basteln, füttern und zum Leben erwecken. Kommt zahlreich und seid dabei, wie die Cyborg erwacht.

12. Mai 2023
Kleine Stadtfarm, im Salettl, Naufahrtweg 14,1220 Wien

10:30 Welcome
11:00 Imagining Gerti: A cyborg set-up
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 Wetland Love. Human and non-human matters of Lobau
14:30 Lobau Gatherings: collecting materials, audio and stories
15:30 Lobau Offerings: a collective exhibition