Listen Hear is an ongoing sound-art project of Big Car that can happen anywhere.
It does have a home-base space dedicated to sound as material for art and experimental music: 2620 Shelby St. Indianapolis, IN 46203.
The fundamental purposes of Listen Hear are to (1) highlight sound as a material in art while bringing people together to enjoy this, (2) give focus to the importance of our daily soundscape, (3) engage new listeners with tools and techniques related to deep listening, (4) provide opportunities to new and uninitiated audiences to experience sound as art.
Open Thursdays, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and special events over the winter.
Listen Hear is also open until 10 p.m. each First Friday. Watch for additional special events.
Closed on holidays. Admission is free. Some events may have ticket prices.
Listen Hear facilitates an underrepresented art form, giving sound artists and experimental musicians exhibition opportunities and exposure, while simultaneously introducing sound as a material in the arts to a new, broad audience. By creating welcoming interactive and collaborative exhibitions, audiences enjoy affordable opportunities to explore sound art outside of the context of major museums or universities.
We hope our programming encourages people to begin a listening practice of their own. It is something you can always take with you! Raising an awareness of how sound informs space leads to a better appreciation for public and private places. Once people start to pay more attention to the world, so much more begins to appear.
In 2014 Big Car — led by sound artist in resident John McCormick — opened Listen Hear as one of two pop-up spaces and along an oasis along Little Eagle Creek at the Lafayette Place strip mall on the west side of Indianapolis. On the westside, Listen Hear offered experimental experiences in sound art and sculpture as well as many live performances. The Show Room, next door, was a temporary community space and incubator for socially engaged art — as well as home of the Loo-vre project.