The work of Vanessà Heer is an invitation to explore the practice of non-human listening and to concentrate on a metaphysical journey of memory. The artist is a witness of sound and thanks to recording technologies she brings us back the acoustic suggestions of a walk in the mountains. Regardless of place or space, this sound report offers the possibility to listen and participate into this experience. Our ears have been amplified by microphones: in this way we find ourselves receptors of sounds that we could never have heard. As undirected listeners to the experience, we are invited to perceive and attribute a new value to objects, whose relationships generate sound in their collision and encounter. Nature comes alive, the elements of nature are the active protagonists of exploration and challenge us with the limits of our human understanding. In her process of documentation, Vanessà Heer decides to get involved. The artist does not abandon the sounds to their reality, but chooses to interact with them, creating further suggestions for the listeners, also in direct experience for herself. In assuming this half-human, half-animal state, she questions the relationship between artist and nature, between present and memory.

Vanessà Heer

(b. 1989, CH) is a Swiss-born and Zurich based sound artist. Her practice unfolds around live performances and installations. In different contexts, collaborations and spaces she explores the political and ethical possibilities of conscious listening and how it can be used as a feminist, decolonial and sustainable tool. In both her performative and her installative works, she constantly oriented towards questions of commonality, collaboration, the dissolving authorship, and the challenges of self-precarization. Her immersive sonic interventions are grounded in questions such as the relationship between individual perception and collective dynamics or the investigation of listening expectations and their societal roots. She studied at the Zurich University of the Arts, both Theory and Fine Arts. Among the exhibitions: WO WIR. Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, CH, Other Planes of There. Gessnerallee. Zurich, CH, Spinewave. Public Voices! w/AMBRA, Pro Helvetia/COINCIDENCIA. Buenos Aires, Argentina, BFF Art 2015: no.01_silent riots of vulnerability. UFO Factory, Detroit, USA., Hammam Singing – Appenzeller Zäuerli. Marrakech Biennale 2016, Morocco. Among the Publications: Simulacrum. Journal for contemporary art and culture, Amsterdam (2020),  Art, Self & System. Edited by Donatella Bernardi, Sternberg Press, Berlin (2019),  Art & Crisis. A Polyphonic Research on the Contemporary. Edited by Donatella Bernardi, JRP|Ringier, Zurich (2018).

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