Listen Hear

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.

Listen Hear 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 the WQRT Project page for more details.

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, Andy Warhol Foundation For The Visual Arts, Klipsch Audio, and much more.

Listen Hear is managed by the Big Car team members Oreo Jones as our sound artist in residence, and Carlie Foreman as staff artist.

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Listen to recordings here and here. See lots of photos here.
Check out a page dedicated to our Noisy Neighbors show here.

Visit Us

Currently open 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 – a found sound compilation from Big Car Collaborative on Vimeo.

Empty Listen Hear from Big Car Collaborative on Vimeo.

Listen Hear: Pablo Helguera and Juan Dies perform at the ‘Librería Donceles’ from Big Car Collaborative on Vimeo.

Listen Hear: Deantoni Parks Public Session June 17, 2016 – Full Set from Big Car Collaborative on Vimeo.

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.

Listen Hear: John Collins McCormick – August 15, 2016 from Big Car Collaborative on Vimeo.

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.

Quakers meeting at Listen Hear with CJ Martin reading the iTunes Terms and Agreements from Big Car on Vimeo.