YOU ARE IN SENTRALBADET, a swimming pool long frequented by the city of Bergen’s res- idents and visitors. You jump in the pool. When you float in the water your body is caught in its undulations. You feel the variation of these movements and your ears perceive sound trajectories in a different manner. Listening has long been an enigma and certain sages believed the ear housed an ocean. The ocean in your ear moves at the pace of your stride, your red blood cells vibrate at very high-pitched frequencies, your skeleton can conduct vibrations in each part of the body and if a hun- dred of you were to walk on a bridge at a particular speed you could make it collapse. Water enters your ears and it stays there when you leave the pool. The spiral of the cochlear that transforms air compressions into electric impulsion and enables us to perceive sound is obstructed by the water. You gradually loose your hearing. You feel off kilter and have difficulty making out speech. You search your memory for sonic events. You strain to concentrate. Your attention is focused on the vibrations your whole body perceives, then you understand that the movement around you gives some indication about the sound you can no longer perceive. You see the trajectories of the people around you, you see spaces and groups as sonic forms, sometimes harmonious, sometimes oppressive. You invent a corpo- real language that expresses the timbre of your voice which you can no longer hear. You are suddenly more attentive to these sensations despite their having always been there. They alter the way you see and communicate. This leads you to realize that hearing is connected to the other senses and that the relationship between these senses changes from person to person. You use equipment that amplifies and indicates the presence of sound around you. They say a sonic world exists beyond perception, in black holes, photosynthesis, the decomposition of fungi, and that there is no such thing as silence. Now you negotiate all of these sensations to create a music beyond hearing, that undulates like water on the body and on the surface of buildings. Welcome to the Infinite Ear.

Since 2013, Tarek Atoui and Council have worked in collaboration with Deaf and differently hearing persons to create a space to experiment with, understand and represent the diversity of the hearing expe- rience. Combining the scientific history of hearing with the history of the sonic arts and of Deaf commu- nities, this site seeks to renew the way we relate to sound perception.

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WITHIN / Infinite Ear is a collaboration between COUNCIL and Tarek Atoui


  • by Tarek Atoui


  • curated by COUNCIL (Gregory Castéra and Sandra Terdjman)


  • conceived by Tarek Atoui
  • with
  • Julia Alsarraf
  • Daniel Araya
  • Hein B. Bjerck
  • André Bratten
  • Johannes Giebel
  • Mats Lindström
  • Trond Lossius
  • Jeffrey M. Lubow
  • Thierry Madiot
  • Perrin Meyer
  • Greg Niemeyer
  • Alwynne Pritchard
  • Espen Sommer Eide
  • Gerhard Stabiler
  • Pauline Oliveros
  • Kari Telstad Sundet


  • Café with selection of sound recordings by
  • Tarek Atoui
  • Hein B. Bjerk
  • Chris Chafe
  • Carl Michael von Hausswolff
  • Jacob Kirkegaard
  • Morten Norbye Halvorsen
  • Eric La Casa
  • Gareth Lee Paterson
  • Matthieu Saladin
  • Minoru Sato
  • Thomas Tilly
  • Chris Watson


  • Collective and individual sonic exercises by
  • Myriam Lefkowitz and Valentina Desideri
  • Thierry Madiot
  • Pauline Oliveros and Ione


  • Artworks by
  • Douwe Jan Bakker
  • Antonia Carrara
  • Fairy Char
  • Giovanni Crupi
  • Aurelien Gamboni and Sandrine Teixido
  • Dora Garcia
  • Joseph Grigely
  • Alexandre Guirkinger
  • Alison O’Daniel
  • Baudouin Oosterlinck

MOVIE PROGRAM - Movies and videos by - Lawrence Abu Hamdan - Robert Ashley - KK Bosse - Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion - Abel Gance - Friedrich A. Kitteln - Xavier Le Roy - Christian Barclay - Alison O’Daniel - Simon Ripoll-Hurier - Walter Rottmann - Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi - Noé Soulier and Jeffrey Mansfield - Andrei Tarkovsky - George W. Veditz - Frederick Wiseman


  • Curated by Emma McCormick-Goodhart


  • A 58 pages is published for the exhibition. More informations here.

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