About Listen Hear
Listen Hear is an ongoing sound art project of Big Car. Its home base at 2620 Shelby St., Indianapolis is dedicated to sound as material for art and experimental music where you can also enjoy a beer or a cup of coffee during programs.
It is also the home of our FCC-licensed community radio station, WQRT 99.1 LP FM that broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week as an art museum and community and cultural space on the airwaves. See also its bigcar.org project page.
The fundamental purposes of Listen Hear are to: highlight sound as a material in art while bringing people together; give focus to the importance of our daily soundscape; engage new listeners with tools and techniques related to deep listening; and provide opportunities to new and uninitiated audiences to experience sound as art. In 2016, the project was supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and many others.
Currently open randomly and by appointment and from 6-10 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, and more begins to appear when we pay attention to the world.
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.