Deep Listening Workshop

Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 12:30PM

Hay Amphitheater, Wellesley College/Rain Location:  Houghton Chapel Multifaith Room
Free and Open to the Public

Pauline Oliveros

There’s more to listening than meets the ear. Deep Listening, as developed by Oliveros, explores the difference between the involuntary nature of hearing and the voluntary, selective nature – exclusive and inclusive -- of listening.  The practice includes bodywork, sonic meditations, interactive performance, listening to the sounds of daily life, nature, one’s own thoughts, imagination and dreams, and listening to listening itself.  It cultivates a heightened awareness of the sonic environment, both external and internal, and promotes experimentation, improvisation, collaboration, playfulness and other creative skills vital to personal and community growth. Please bring your own lunch. 
Learn more HERE


Pauline Oliveros Site-Specific Performance

Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 4:30PM

Severance Green, Wellesley College/Rain Location:  Margaret C. Ferguson Greenhouse
Free and Open to the Public

PAULINE OLIVEROS is a senior figure in contemporary American music. In the '50s she was part of a circle of iconoclastic composers, artists, poets gathered together in San Francisco. Recently awarded the John Cage award for 2012 from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts, Oliveros is Distinguished Research Professor of Music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, and Darius Milhaud Artist-in-Residence at Mills College. Since the 1960's she has influenced American music profoundly through her work with improvisation, meditation, electronic music, myth and ritual.

Pauline Oliveros will be performing site-specific improvised music on the accordion and electronics in Severance Green. As part of Making Space series programmed in collaboration with the Department of Music, this performance will activate the specific space on Wellesley campus and invite the audience to interact with the location by listening deeply to Oliveros' sonic offering, the surrounding environment, and to ourselves. Food truck from Green Bean Mobile Café opens at 4 pm.

Photo Credit:  Pieter Kers


Jie Li Talk

Thursday, April 24, 2014, 4:30PM

Newhouse Center for the Humanities, Green Hall/Free and Open to the Public

Madame Mao and Cinema: Actress, Critic, Censor and Producer 

Professor Jie Li, from Harvard, will focus on Jiang Qing’s lifelong relationship to cinema, her personal cinephilia and cinephobia and its impact on Chinese film history.


Smithsonian Senior Curator John Hanhardt

Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 4:30PM

Newhouse Center for the Humanities, Green Hall/Free and Open to the Public

In Conversation with Francesc Torres

John Hanhardt, in conversation with Mellon Visiting Artist Francesc Torres, will discuss the impact that time-based art in general, and multimedia installation in particular, had in the 1970's in shaping the contemporary art museum as an active agent in the creation of new art, a radical departure from the museum's traditional role as a receiver and preserver of already stablished work. This transformation had no precedent at the time and it constitutes a landmark in the art history the second half of the XX Century.
Hanhardt has been the senior curator of film and media arts at the Smithsonian American Art Museum since September 2006. He is responsible for a media arts initiative at the museum which includes acquisitions, exhibitions, educational programs and archival research resources related to film, video and the media arts.  Hanhardt was the senior curator of film and media arts at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City from 1996 to 2006. From 1974 to 1996, he was curator and head of the film and video department at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Before that, he established the film department and film study collection at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.