Leandro Pisano – The Third Soundscape

BEK 01.11.2016 13.0001.11.2016 15.00


The Third Soundscape

The creative re-discovery of exploration through sounds opens up new spaces for reflection on the processes of deep transformation occurring to territories and landscapes today. Sounds can help to decolonize our gaze and reveal geographies and spaces which are hidden in the surface of modernistic maps, falling apart the authorised combination of materials, unlocking the soundscape as an archive in which documents, voices, objects and silences are scattered.

Western culture has produced abandoned ruins and deterritorialised places and it is necessary to come to terms with these places out of place, interrogating their unknown and hidden stories, listening to them with the sense of anticipation that migrants have. So being present in the place and its world means to experiment a different gaze on the neighbouring space, a slow gaze that goes along with an intimate journey corresponding to calling into question of oneself.

This presentation will examine some concrete practices developed during a series of projects (Interferenze New Arts Festival, Liminaria, Calitri Temporary Orchestra, Barsento Mediascape) aiming at the exploration of abandoned and rural places through sound. It will focus on how these practices can open up rare aesthetic spaces, creating a different sense of place that has more to do with experience: sonic explorations of place as a social and political construction. All of the works developed during these projects demonstrate how much sound art and field recording practice take us deep into the layers of image and language in order to “transmit[s] a powerful sense of spatiality, atmosphere and timing” as Peter Cusack puts it.


Leandro Pisano is a writer and curator for projects and events focused on new media, sound and technological arts. He holds a PhD in Cultural and Postcolonial studies at University of Naples “L’Orientale”, being also the director of Interferenze New Arts Festival. He gave presentations, conferences and workshops during events related with sound, new media aesthetics, design and sustainability in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Korea, Japan, India, Iceland, Peru, Uruguay, US, Germany, Finland, Portugal, Sweden, Turkey and UK. He is journalist, being contributor for Blow-Up magazine and has contributed to Corriere della Sera, Doppiozero and Neural.

His research focuses on a series of themes involving sound through different aesthetics declinations (sound art, radio art, soundscape) and a culturalist perspective engaging different disciplines (geography, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, literature) and conceptual approaches (postcolonial, postdigital). This approach delves into new geographies of sound, as they are emerging from the reconfiguration of territory related with the postdigital and postglobal milieu in which we are immersed.


Leandro Pisano, portrait
Leandro Pisano, portrait
France Jobin at Liminaria 2014
Interferenze New Arts Festival at MAXXI museum 2015: Enrico Ascoli and Hilario Isola’s “Auspicio”