Listening Bodies by Michael Reiley McDermott and Monica Gentile

21 Nov 2018

Event times

17:00: Meet at GlogauAIR for pre-walk warmup and talk
18:00 - 19:00: Silent Soundwalk
19:00 - 20:00: Post walk discussion at SomoS*

*You can attend just the post-walk talk if you want to hear about our collective experience.

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Sliding Scale Donation: 10€ suggested.

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Berlin, Germany

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GlogauAIR artist-in-residence Michael Reiley McDermott along with his collaborator, Monica Gentile will lead a two-part talk and guided Soundwalk along the Maybachufer. Their project, Listening Bodies, pairs Deep Listening and Somatic Body practices. This event is presented by GlogauAIR and SomoS.


Soundwalking is a practice of walking while listening to experience an environment sonically. Before the walk we will do some body tuning practices, learn about different methods of walking and modes of listening consciousness.

For this evening’s walk we will take about 60 minutes to walk from Glogaustr along the Maybachufer, through Wassertorplatz, Böcklerpark and to SomoS on Kottbusser Damm. The evening will end with tea and snacks at SomoS and a group discussion about what we heard and experienced on our walk.

Listening Bodies is a teaching framework developed by Italian choreographer and Movement Researcher Monica Gentile and American composer and sound artist Michael Reiley McDermott. Their work includes exercises in Movement Research/dance improvisation and partnering, Deep Listening, breathing techniques, sound-walks, guided meditations, mindfulness of listening and singing performance scores. Listening Bodies integrates Monica and Michael’s interest in physiology, anatomy, somatic practices, paleontology, evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and artificial intelligence.

Michael Reiley McDermott is a composer, musician, coder and sound designer. His work integrates a daily practice of meditation, Deep Listening and textured sound worlds through a process he calls “sonic photography”. This process involves site-specific recordings of physical spaces re-imagined using photographic development and collage techniques. Over the past two years, he has been traveling at artists residencies around the world in Brazil, Iceland, Germany, Thailand, and India working on a sound design project of extinct animal sounds called 'Echozoo'.

Monica Gentile’s choreographic work and physical research investigate the embodiment of animalistic qualities, trance, minimalism, and the states of the body, energy, and breath. Her work is characterized by atmospheric/imaginary space around the body and expressing connections to forms found in nature, landscapes, and the geographical. She is a dancer, choreographer, Yoga Teacher and a martial arts practitioner (Kung fu and Aikido). She graduated at the University “DAMS THEATER” at the Faculty of Philosophy and Literature of Bologna. She is a dancer, choreographer, Yoga Teacher and a martial arts practitioner (Kung fu and Aikido).

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Michael Reiley McDermott

Monica Gentile

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