Can you imagine the sounds of all the frozen rivers you have stood beside, walked across?

In May, new audio recordings arrive at 2022 Biennial artist Susan Schuppli’s multi-year project and installation Learning from Ice at 5 Lower Jarvis. To mark the occasion, composer Anne Bourne offers a collective workshop for participants to gather together, slow their pulses and perceive incrementally. Enveloped in sound, participants will listen and create a response in a spacious environmental dialogue to the swiftly changing ecosystem in the arctic.

Listening as a temporal and imagined space has been defined by Pauline Oliveros (the composer who developed the practice of Deep Listening), as listening for the beginnings and endings of sound. Responding to the sounds of disappearing glaciers, the program seeks to merge in empathy to the more than human and non-human elements of imagined glacier streams as they vibrate with life.

This in-person workshop will have two time-slots available for booking:

  • 1–2pm
  • 3–4pm

Participants are strongly encouraged to wear masks for this indoor workshop.

If registration for the program is at capacity, please email to be added to the waitlist.

Image Credit: Anne Bourne, Listening to Ice: Environmental Listening and Sounding, May 1, 2022. Program held at 5 Lower Jarvis as part of Toronto Biennial of Art 2022. Photography: Roxanne Fernandes.

In Person

5 Lower Jarvis
5 Lower Jarvis St
Toronto ON
M5E 1Z2

May 1


Anne Bourne (she/they) is an artist/composer, mentor, and writer based in Tkaronto. She improvises emergent streams of sonics, field recordings, moving digital image and text and is seasoned in international recording, concert performing, and telematics. Bourne improvised with Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016) and is an alumni of Oliveros’ Sangre de Cristo Deep Listening Retreats. She leads environmental listening and communal sounding in equanimity to create sound fields of exquisite dissonance, through collective empathic gesture, imparting Oliveros’ Deep Listening text scores and Sonic Meditations. A Chalmers Fellow, Bourne’s practice mediates sound and touch and leads others to experience shorelines as difference incoalescence, attending a more-than-human sound field, composing in attunement to spectral wave patterns of water.