20.10.2021 to 23.10.2021 | Theme Week

LISTENING / HEARING - Internationales Symposium

NEW DATE (20 - 23 October 2021)!


On the occasion of the Beethoven Year 2020, a major international symposium will be held to address the form of perception that is fundamental not only to music but to our existence in the world in general: the sense of hearing.

LISTENING/HEARING is organized by the Beethoven Foundation for Art and Culture of the Federal City of Bonn and its project bonn hoeren in close cooperation with the Beethoven Jubiläums Gesellschaft mbH.


At the international symposium LISTENING/HEARING of the Beethoven Foundation for Art and Culture in the Federal City of Bonn, international and national experts will discuss the current state of hearing research and the role of hearing and listening in society over four days from october 20 - 23, 2021 in the LVR LandesMuseum.

The experts come from a wide range of disciplines that have been dealing with the phenomenon of "hearing" for a long time, or in some cases only recently: They are humanities scholars from the fields of psychology, sociology, philosophy, musicology, sound studies, art and architectural history, anthropology, history and communication theory. Natural scientists come from mathematics, physics, biology, neurology and acoustics. And finally, sound artists are invited, i.e. those who do not primarily want to explore hearing, but rather change and challenge it. Accordingly, artistic interventions, concerts, performances and excursions have a great weight in the overall programme.

Beethoven serves the symposium as an ideal point of reference: as a composer who was the first to conceive of listening to music as an absolute experience and to detach it from traditional functional tasks such as entertainment and praise of God.

The symposium sees itself as the conclusion, sum and expansion of the "bonn hoeren" project to include all disciplines which today deal with hearing in a researching and creative way.

German and English are equally important symposium languages.

Raoul Mörchen & Carsten Seiffarth

i.A.d. Beethoven Foundation for Art and Culture of the Federal City of Bonn


LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn
Colmantstr. 14-16
53115 Bonn

Admission prices

entrance free

Ticket information

Registration at info@beethovenstiftung-bonn.de, pass for all days, day passes or individual events


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