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26 April at 19:00 - 20:00

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Catch Evelyn Glennie and Aura Satz in conversation, and a performance by acclaimed musicians Elaine Mitchener and David Toop


Curated alongside London-based artist and filmmaker Aura Satz, Tate Film presents a three-day programme of screenings, performances, and round table discussions exploring sonic practices and how they relate to sirens and emergency signals. Does an alarm have to be alarming? How can we address alarm fatigue, both as lived reality and as a metaphor for our current state?

Preemptive Listening will bring together Aura Satz’s new documentary feature film, a series of musician and artist-led performances and talks, and a symposium. Preemptive Listening is not just an exploration; it’s an experiment in listening forwards, with the future in mind.

Percussionist and composer Evelyn Glennie will join artist Aura Satz at the Starr cinema, in a conversation around their distinct sonic practices and collaboration in the Preemptive Listening project. The talk is followed by a sonic performance in the South Tank by vocalist, movement artist and composer Elaine Mitchener and musician, author and curator David Toop, who are also featured in the film.


19.00–19.05 Introduction
19.05–20.00 Starr Cinema in conversation between Evelyn Glennie & Aura Satz, ‘Listening Sensations’
20.00–21.00 South Tank Performance by Elaine Mitchener and David Toop

The programme is organised by Tate Film in collaboration with the Preemptive Listening team at the Royal College of Art (Aura Satz with Francesca Laura Cavallo and Irene Revell), part-funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)


Tate Modern – Starr Cinema
Level 1, Natalie Bell Building, Tate Modern, Bankside
London, SE1 9TG United Kingdom
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