Sound Threshold is an umbrella project initiated and developed by curator Lucia Farinati through long-term collaboration with artists, writers, and cultural practitioners whose work and research focuses on sound and listening.
Since its outset in 2007, this collaborative process has been reflected in the curation and production of events and exhibitions including radio projects, site-specific interventions, performances, talks and workshops which enhance collective listening as well as creating an ongoing archive of recorded conversations and interviews.
Encompassing contemporary art, sonic studies, public art and critical spatial practice, the project also provides a framework for highly experimental and cross-disciplinary research about site, sound and text.
It investigates the idea of threshold as an extended metaphor of boundary, frontier, track, border and difference as embodied by the Latin word limes – embracing an idea of landscape not only as a visual construct but also as a palimpsest of natural elements, acoustic phenomena, literary references and voiced narratives.
Sound Threshold is a self-sustained non-profit organisation based in London. It is directed by Lucia Farinati and managed through the help of a board of advisers.
Please note that the website is under redevelopment, we apologise for any inconvenience that might occur during your visit.
While we are completing this work please see the section here below for projects and talks from 2012 to 2015.
Freud in Vacanza IV. A Cavernous Defile, Sharon Kivland con Lucia Farinati, traduzione di Silvia Bre, Fondazione Museo Storico del Trentino – Comune di Lavarone, Trento (Italy), 2016 http://www.museostorico.it
The Force of Listening, a Doormats booklet on the role of listening in contemporary conjunctions between art and activism, by Lucia Farinati and Claudia Firth, Errant Bodies Press, 2016
PROJECTS IN 2015
The Force of Listening, a research on the role of listening in contemporary conjunctions between art and activism in collaboration with Claudia Firth, including interviews with Pat Caplan, Adriana Cavarero, Nick Couldry, Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri, Ultra-red, Precarious Workers Brigade and Anna Sherbany.
PROJECTS IN 2014
Freud on Holiday IV, A Cavernous Defile - Part I, by Sharon Kivland with Lucia Farinati, Cubearteditions, 2014
Come una possibilità di incontro (Feb 2013 - June 2014), a collective reading of Autoritratto by Carla Lonzi, a project by Lucia Farinati for bip bop in collaboration with Elena Biserna and Rita Correddu and the participation of:
Fabio Altamura, Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Anna Babini, Romana Benvenuti, Nicoletta Boschiero, Marie Nöelle Botte, Angela Busolin, Francesco Brasini, Francesca Burzacchini, Gaspare Caliri, Ludovica Carbotta, Annalisa Cattani, Cristian Chironi, Micol Cossali, Richard Crow, Michela De Grandi, Valerio Del Baglivo, Piersandra Di Matteo, Alberto Duman, Emilio Fantin, Paola Farinati, Matteo Ferrari, Ennio Ficiur, Claudia Firth, Elisa Fontana, Fabio Franz, Ludovica Gioscia, Eléonore Grassi, Valeria Graziano, Marco Guarnieri, Barbara Lisci, Donatella Lombardo, Luisa Maccatrozzo, Laura Malacart, Susanna Mandice, Christian Marchi, Valentina Miorandi, Valentina Musmeci, Sandrine Nicoletta, Antonella Ofosu, Eleonora Oreggia (xname), Chiara Pergola, Greta Pistaceci, Lorenza Pignatti, Paolo Plotegther, Roberto Pugliese, Maria Rapagnetta, Letizia Renzini, Osvaldo Maffei, Mili Romano, Francesca Salvetti, Chiara Santuari, Cecilia Scatturin, Chiara Servalli, Giorgia B. Soncin, Annalisa Sonzogni, Aria Spinelli, Laura Ulisse, Dominique Vaccaro, Giusi Vecchi, Francesco Ventrella, Uliana Zanetti.
You can listen here to the transmission on Radio Città Fujiko 103.01 Mhz in FM, Bologna, 28 June 2013: bip bop Episode 6
The complete recordings of the readings are available to listen to on the website of MAMbo thanks to the twinning of the project with the exhibition Autoritratti. Iscrizioni del femminile nell’arte italiana contemporanea (MAMbo, 12 May -1 September 2013, Bologna)
Recent published articles on Come una possibilità di incontro:
then open pdf Reflections on Process in Sound (2) (in English)
http://www.undo.net/it/argomenti/1391189301 (in Italian)
In the footsteps of a stranger’s nostalghia (Overture) Audio Essay with Richard Crow as part of The Stranger that is next to me, organized by Brandon LaBelle in collaboration with Osso, Lisbon, Errant Bodies project space, Berlin, 9 June, 2014
Beyond Voice - Me You And Everyone Who Is Listening
Galleria Arte Contemporanea, Bruxelles (April 2014), a solo show by Anna Raimondo, with a critical response by Lucia Farinati
PROJECTS IN 2013
As Below So Above a short film by Carl Michael Von Hausswolff and Leif Elggren, produced by Sound Threshold. Film premiered at, Kunstforening, Oslo, 24 August 2013
Speaking to Others: Who Speaks to Who, an exhibition by William Furlong - Audio Arts, curated by Lucia Farinati, Villa Romana, Florence, 26 June - 27 July 2013
PROJECTS IN 2012
Under Freud’s Couch, a performance, presentation and discussion by Leif Elggren with Lucia Farinati, produced by Sound Threshold, Freud Museum, London, 26 November 2012
Nuovi Paesaggi - Sound Stories from Tuscany, five works conceived and produced for radio that narrate a territory and its cultural geography by Viv Corringham, Mikhail Karikis, Laura Malacart, Davide Tidoni, & Allen S. Weiss, curated by Lucia Farinati, produced by Radio Papesse and Villa Romana, Summer 2012
Click on the title of each piece (below) to get more info and then click on Ascolta to listen to the audio files, the mp3s will open in a new window, however you will need a fast and reliable wi-fi connection to listen to the works.
Viv Corringham | Shadow-walks (Florence)
Mikhail Karikis | Song for Larderello: Ouverture
Laura Malacart | Voicings (Italy)
Davide Tidoni | The New Shape of Public Architecture
Allen S. Weiss | Carmignano
TALKS, WORKSHOPS, ARTICLES (2012-2015)
The Force of Listening, a presentation by Lucia Farinati and Claudia Firth for the conference Techniques of Art and Protest, September 18th 2015, King’s College London, organized by PLANK
Una lettera per Radiofonica, a letter by Lucia Farinati for Radiofonica. Three days of radio art in Milan, 6/7/8 November 2014, curated by Anna Raimondo and Alessandro Bosetti
The Force of Listening, a presentation by Lucia Farinati and Claudia Firth, for the conference
Sound::Gender::Feminism::Activism 2014, 16-17 October, 2014
A Letter to Brandon LaBelle, contribution for a monograph on Brandon LaBelle’s works, les presses du reel, Dijon, France, Autumn 2014
Interview with Lucia Farinati by Elena Dolcini, Espoarte, July 2014
Reversals and Recognition: An Interview about Process. Lucia Farinati and Claudia Firth in conversation. For the online magazine Reflections on Process in Sound (2) edited by Iris Garrelfs, Summer 2014.
the magazine can be downloaded here
Towards Collective Listening
a seminar presentation by Lucia Farinati and Claudia Firth for the Dirty Ear Forum.
Curated by Brandon LaBelle (Errant Bodies), Bergen Kunsthall, Norway, 1 Nov 2013,
Developed as part of the Nordic Sound Art Program.
Paesaggi in Ascolto, a talk by Lucia Farinati, Festival Futuro Presente, MART, Rovereto (Italy), 14 June 2013
Camminando Ascoltando, a sound walk and workshop by Lucia Farinati with Brave New Alps, for the Festival Futuro Presente, Rovereto (Italy), 15-18 June 2013
Active Archive (2006-2012), a talk by Lucia Farinati for Off the Record Symposium:
The history and legacy of Audio Arts Magazine on contemporary art, Tate Britain, London, 13 October 2012
From spatial production of sound to collective listening, a talk by Lucia Farinati for London College of Communication, Practitioners series, London, 31 October 2012, recorded by Resonance 104.04 FM