Ciclo de Encontros Mesa de Montagem: World Listening Day 2016: Sounds Lost and Found


The purposes of World Listening Day are to:

  • Celebrate the listening practices of the world and the ecology of its acoustic environments;
  • Raise awareness about the growing number of individual and group efforts that creatively explore Acoustic Ecology based on the pioneering efforts of the World Soundscape Project, World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, La Semaine du Son, Deep Listening Institute, among many others;
  • Design and implement educational initiatives that explore these concepts and practices.

This year’s theme for World Listening Day is “Sounds Lost and Found.”

World Listening Day 2016’s theme, “Sounds Lost and Found,” calls on reminiscing, listening and observing what changes in our soundscapes have occurred in recent decades—be it language, nature, technology, music or even silence itself. For “Sounds Lost and Found,” we invite you to dig into crates of vinyl and cassettes, dive into digital archives, and engage deeply with memories and unheard languages to rediscover or identify these “lost sounds.” In doing so, “Sounds Lost and Found” hopes to spotlight the need for effective and accessible conservatory efforts to be implemented to preserve some of these sounds—whether those efforts include archival projects, changing our daily practices or supporting the preservation of indigenous languages and engaging with the keepers of and archiving fading oral traditions where that seems impossible. We can protect and celebrate sounds whose vitality can be vulnerable and fragile.

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PART 1: Wednesday, JULY 13th from 18-20h, UNL-FCSH, ID Building, Room 1.06:  “Sounds: Lost and Found, an Introduction to World Listening Day 2016 and the Theme of Lost Sound”, as part of the encounter series Mesa de Montagem organized by the Phd program in Art Studies: Art and Mediations, at the Universidae Nova de Lisboa, FCSH. Organizer and Phd Fellow Maile Colbert will present a section of her research “Wayback Sound Machine, Sound Through Time, space, and Place” focusing on the archive, titled, “Sounding the Archive”. Members of Binaural will screen and speak about their archive and archive related projects.

PART 2: Saturday, JULY 16th at 10h30: meeting point in the car park of Parque Recreativo do Alto da Serafina in Monsanto. In the Ecological Area of Monsanto Forest Park, artist and sound studies researcher Maile Colbert (UNL-FCSH, PT) and landscape architect Lindsey Abbott (MLA, Edinburgh College of Art, UK) will lead a soundwalk on a path back in time, crossfading past with present.  The soundwalk will have critical information on the flora, fauna, and geology of the area through various eras and weave between areas of human activity and post-human activity. The participants are then invited to a BBQ (address to be given upon RSVP to the walk), drinks, and informal discussion involving amongst other topics: existing and changing soundscapes and landscapes, our relationship with listening and the Anthropocene, information within this experience, how that can be conveyed through art and documented for time. Additionally, Binaural will be screening artistic works from their archive on a continuous loop inside.

*Please RSVP for the soundwalk and to receive directions to the BBQ.

*Audio recordings will be made of the Wednesday seminar encounter, the Saturday soundwalk, and discussion afterward. Recordings from the presentations will be available from the Mesa de Montagem website. Recordings from the soundwalk will be submitted to the Portuguese label, Green Field Recordings, for the World Listening Day 2016 compilation

For more information and RSVP, please email mailecolbert(at)



In conjunction with the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology’s World Listening Day 2016 (, Mesa de Montagem through the Doctoral program of Artistic Studies – Art and Mediations, FCSH-Universidade Nova de Lisboa (, Green Field Recordings ( ), and Binaural/Nodar (


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