Infinite Ear

Profound deafness is perceived as a diminution, but it can be perceived as both an ability (or even expertise) and a starting point from which an alternative to the phonocentric history of hearing might be established. Operating at the intersection of arts, sciences and Deaf culture, Infinite Ear was conceived in collaboration with deaf and hard-of-hearing people. It creates spaces and situations to experience, understand and represent the diversity, amplitude and instability of hearing. Through this process, Infinite Ear aims to test how art practices could contribute to a different understanding of what hearing is about.

Infinite Ear started in 2013 as a commission by Al Amal School for the Deaf and the Sharjah Art Foundation in the United Arab Emirates.

Since then the inquiry has gathered visual artists, sign language interpreters, musicians, dancers, architects, and writers. The inquiry is currently presented as an exhibition, concerts and workshops.

'TACET', first phase of research of the project, commissioned by Sharjah Foundation, in collaboration with Tarek Atoui and Al Amal School for the Deaf, 2013

A workshop with coreographer Noé Soulier and architect Jeffrey Mansfield, on the occasion of 'Composing Differences' at MoMA PS1, 2014

'Infinite Ear' at Bergen Assembly 2016, an exhibition curated by Council with Tarek Atoui

'Infinite Ear' at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, with Tarek Atoui, Alison O'Daniel, Lendl Barcelos, Valentina Desideri, Myriam Lefkowitz, 2018

'Infinite Ear' at CentroCentro, Madrid, an exhibition with Tarek Atoui, Alison O'Daniel, Valentina Desideri, Lendl Barcelos, Myriam Lefkowitz, Mattin, and a film by Robert Ashley, 2019-20

Infinite Ear, a project by Council, initiated in collaboration with Tarek Atoui (2013-ongoing)


  • Tarek Atoui
  • Lendl Barcelos
  • Goda Budvytyte
  • Valentina Desideri
  • Myriam Lefkowitz
  • Jeffrey Mansfield
  • Alison O'Daniel
  • Noé Soulier
  • Inigo Wilkins


  • Ellie Armon Azoulay
  • Rayya Badran
  • Cecilia Granara
  • Abhijan Gupta
  • Flora Katz
  • Kathryn Marshall
  • Emma McCormick-Goodhart


  • Bassem Abdel Gaffar
  • Hanselm Bauman
  • Virginie Bobin
  • Desiree Heiss
  • Stephen Helmreich
  • Wendy Jacob
  • Oliver Pouliot
  • Hoor Al Qasimi

Initiated with

  • Sharjah Art Foundation
  • Al Amal School for the Deaf

Co-produced by

  • MoMA PS1
  • Bergen Assembly
  • Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Centro Centro

Supported by

  • Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation
  • French Embassy of New York
  • Harvard Graduate School of Design
  • Foundation for Arts Initiatives


  • Art in General
  • Ashkal alwan
  • Bergen Assembly
  • E.m.m.a
  • Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
  • MiArt
  • MoMA PS1
  • Samdani Art Foundation
  • Sharjah Biennial
  • State of Concept
  • Phenomenon 2
  • TBA21

    Cover and top image: Pauline Oliveros, Deep Listening, Bergen Assembly 2016, Photo: Thor Brødreskift © Bergen Assembly