Our roundtable participants – Elena Biserna


Elena Biserna is a researcher and occasional curator. Her interests are focused on listening and on contextual, time-based art practices in relationship with urban dynamics, socio-cultural processes and the everyday sphere. Her current research project explores the relationships between walking, listening and sound-making since the 60s.

She has taught at the Aix-Marseille University, at ESAAix-École Supérieure d’Art d’Aix-en-Provence and at the Academy of fine art of Bologna. She gave talks at different institutions such as, recently, MAR-Museo d’Arte della città di Ravenna; INHA-Institute d’histoire de l’art, Paris; University of Lisbon; MACRO Testaccio, Rome; De Montfort University, Leicester; Gaîté Lyrique, Palais de Tokyo, EHESS, Paris. Her articles and interviews have appeared in several international publications (Les Presses du Réel, Mimesis, Le Mot et le Reste, Errant Bodies, Amsterdam University Press, etc.). As a curator, she worked with several organizations such as Locus Sonus (Aix-en-Provence), Sant’Andrea degli Amplificatori (Bologna), Cona Zavod (Ljubljana), Xing (Bologna), Saout Radio, Sound Threshold (London).

Among her recent projects: Mobile Audio Fest (Locus Sonus, Aix-en-Provence-Marseille 2015, co-curated with Peter Sinclair) and the ongoing Walking from Scores.

Among her recent publications: “‘Step by Step’. Reading and Re-writing Urban Space Through the Footstep,The Journal of Sonic Studies 16 (2018); “SoundBorderscapes. Vers une écoute critique de la frontière,” antiAtlas Journal 2 (2017); “Mediated Listening Paths: Breaking the Auditory Bubble,” Audio Mobility, Wi: Journal of Mobile Media 9.2 (2015).


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