A (mis)reader's Guide to Listening

A (mis)Reader’s Guide to Listening is a performative work composed of several sensing practices. Deriving from the sonic exercises of the exhibition WITHIN/Infinite Ear (Bergen Assembly, 2016), it operates as the mediation of the exhibition Infinite Ear (Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, 2018).

The work has been developed as a fluid combination of artistic, therapeutic, musical, conceptual, and poetic practices. It aims to stimulate participants and visitors to expand their own perception of sound and to catalyze a multitude of possible interpretations both within and beyond the exhibition space.

Co-conceived by artists Lendl Barcelos, Valentina Desideri, and Myriam Lefkowitz with guest performers based in Russia, the work navigates novel ways of listening and engages with sonic cultures, with a focus on working with deaf and hard of hearing people as experts. The artists transmitted to the performers a set of practices and tools for (mis)reading and listening that they have gathered. They worked with the performers, in dialogue with their individual practice, in order for them to develop their own interpretations, their own ways of (mis)reading and guiding visitors through the exhibition in individual or group sessions.

A (mis)Reader's guide to Listening, Cure Park, 2017

In the exhibition at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art A (mis)reader's Guide to Listening gathers a series of sensing practices.

— Valentina Desideri, Political Therapy
Political Therapy is a one-to-one session addressing a political problem (expressed by the visitor) through discussion, healing and mapping.

— Valentina Desideri, Fake Therapy
Fake Therapy is a practice that allows anyone to heal anyone else without knowing how, through the use of a set of instruction cards.

— Myriam Lefkowitz, How Can One Know In Such Darkness
How can one know in such darkness is the experience of a motionless body plunged into darkness. The device relies on the sense of touch and on the sound-space that spreads out around and with the body.

— Myriam Lefkowitz, Walks, hands, Eyes (A City)
Walks, Hands, Eyes (A City) is a silent walk that weaves a specific relation between walking, seeing and touching.

— Géraldine Longueville, Different States of Water
Different States of Water offers a variety of waters, opening a possible dialogue between taste and our other senses.

— Thierry Madiot, Sound Massage
Sound Massage involves techniques and practices that expand our corporeal experience of sound. These techniques can be used therapeutically, recreationally, artistically and/or pedagogically. Thierry Madiot was invited to conduct a workshop in April 2016 in Bergen, offering initial training in sonic massage with an emphasis on vibration and non-aural techniques that address both deaf and hearing audiences.

— Lisa Nelson, Tuning Scores
Tuning Scores are an intriguing way to investigate fundamental elements of performance, movement behaviour, and communication. Created by Lisa Nelson, the explorations illuminate how we compose perception through action; in other words, we learn how what we see is inextricably linked to how we see, through our multisensorial layers of observation.

— Pauline Oliveros and Ione, Deep Listening
Pauline Oliveros is the founder of Deep Listening, stemming from her childhood fascination with sounds and from her work in concert music involving composition, improvisation and electro-acoustics. Pauline Oliveros describes Deep Listening as “a way of listening in every possible way, to everything possible to hear, no matter what you are doing.” Such intense listening includes the sounds of daily life, of nature, of one's own thoughts as well as musical sounds. “Deep Listening is my life practice,” she explains, simply.

A (mis)reader's Guide to Listening (2018)


  • Lendl Barcelos
  • Valentina Desideri
  • Myriam Lefkowitz


  • Goda Budvytytė


  • Lendl Barcelos
  • Marc Couroux
  • Valentina Desideri
  • Denise Ferreira da Silva
  • Myriam Lefkowitz
  • Thierry Madiot
  • Lisa Nelson
  • Pauline Oliveros
  • Yoko Ono

This work was initiated in the frame of the exhibition Infinite Ear, Garage Museum of Contemporary Arts, 2018


  • Cure Park

Top image: therapies workshop for the mediators of A (mis)Reader's Guide To Listening in Moscow, June 2018, Ph: © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art