Intimate Listening


Peader Kirk, Teoma Naccarato, John MacCallum. Intimate Listening. Performance Research. Volume 22. 2017.

We exist in a universe of sound…and we can’t stop listening…Sound evokes place not space. That is to say sound is where we locate ourselves…It is our greatest experience of intimacy. (Sellars cited in Kay and LeBrecht 2009:iv)

We are interested in intimacy, in listening as intimacy. We are Peader Kirk, a theatre maker who has created a number of works under the rubric of ‘sound as performance’ and approaches listening to the body’s interior as a sound world for the performative exploration. We are Teoma Naccarato and John MacCallum, collaborators in a long-term artistic research and creation project focused on the critical appropriation of biosensors in choreographic and compositional practice.

We came together at the Conventions of Proximity in Art, Theatre and Performance Symbosium at Birkbeck, University of London in May 2016, to co-facilitate a workshop on the theme of Intimate Listening.