019 – Listening in the Anthropocene

March 2021


Jennifer Munday,
Cassily Charles,
Michelle O’Connor,
Tracy Sorensen,
Bärbel Ullrich,
Louisa Waters


In this edition of Fusion Journal we wish to explore the act of listening to the land, to others, to difference, as encountered in embodied and virtual spaces. We especially encouraged contributions that represent creative practice as well as more traditional text-based articles. How might we attempt to interpret what is being said in languages we do not understand? How might we resist – even if just for a moment – adding our own sounds to the noises of the neoliberal project of the anthropocene: the clashing music of the shopping mall, the automated voice, the shock jock, the celebrity, the power tools, the leaf blowers, the bulldozers, the mining blasts. How might we listen out, or tune in, to the small, the subtle, the unnoticed, the dying, the unusual, the banal, the mad, the unexpected?

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, our plans for a Listening in the Anthropocene Symposium and Exhibition in 2020 had to change. Initially planned to take place in and around the HR Gallop Gallery on the Wagga Wagga campus of Charles Sturt University, the Creative Practice Circle decided to take the entire event online. The exhibition was presented online on Thursday August 27, while the Symposium will be delivered via Zoom webinar. Confirmed keynote speakers for the Symposium included artists Mandy Martin and Margaret Woodward.


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Listening in the Anthropocene
Jenni Munday, Cassily Charles, Michelle O’Connor, Tracey Sorensen, Barbel Ullrich, Louisa Waters

Articles (peer-reviewed)

Over-hearing in the Anthropocene
Margaret Woodward

Connecting listening and collaborating with Land through Art
Bärbel Ullrich

How my pancreas became a person – Using crochet and writing to co-create with the more-than human world
Tracy Sorensen

Bird Language and Contemplative Education in the Anthropocene
Lee Beavington

Listening to Antarctica: Cheryl E. Leonard’s eco-acoustic creative practice
Rachel Meyers and Carolyn Philpot

Remixing the Ramayana: Literary Listening and the Curation of Contemporary Song Cycles
Sam Bowker

Listening to Reveries: Sounds of a Post-Anthropocene Ecology
Patricia Jäggi

Essays (peer-reviewed)

Sound Art as ways of exploring place
Cissi Tsang

Spectral Geologies: Listening to traces in contested territories
D A Calf

Juxtaposing Anthropocenic and Natural Rhythms in My Video-Sound Art Explorations
Milena Popov

Nightcall Radio. Radio – anthropocene entanglements
Kate Donovan

Creative Works (peer-reviewed)

Magdaléna Manderlová

Nicole Welch

Invited contributions (non peer-reviewed)

New sounds from things missing – Exhibition review
Craig Bremner

Shelley Sacks

The Land of the Lyrebird and the Queen’s Colony
Louisa Waters

Listening: Ocean and Sky
Michelle O’Connor

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