The Listening Observatory is a literal name. It is a group which specialises in investigating hearing through artistic activities and non-formal research. The project is based on the contours of language, perception and the agreements we reach in order to come up with a series of questions as to how we perceive our social and urban surroundings. Its long-term goal is to suggest situations, activities and environments which encourage active and critical listening.

The Listening Observatory, during 2016, will be working about the relationship between communication and citizenship which consists of five artistic contributions, a collective piece of research and a forum for debate and dialogue. The project’s starting points are the contours of language, perception and the consensus which we use for coexistence, and its objective is to examine a series of questions about how we perceive our surroundings, social and urban issues through hearing and contemporary artistic creation: What constrictions does silence allow? What is communication with other people based on? How much language is not verbal, human or natural?