An eardrum is a membrane, an outer and inner limit. The eardrum vibrates to the world, transmitting its activity and vibrations towards the inner part of our body. This extremely thin but highly elastic and resistant tissue receives strikes carried by the air to let codes pass through in the form of nerve impulses that are recognisable to the brain. The eardrum is oblique and translucent. It is a microphone, a drum, a speaker. It grips a hammer that strikes an anvil that shakes a stirrup that moves a liquid that, in its movement, generates electricity which later… Later it’s all sound: shouts, whispers, explosions, words.
At the present time, a number of the Museo’s exhibitions converge — Disonata. Art in Sound up to 1980; Audiosphere. Sound Experimentation 1980–2020; Concha Jerez. Our Memory Is Being Stolen; Niño de Elche. Invisible Auto Sacramental: A Sonic Representation from Val del Omar — placing sound (or sound art) at the centre. Different, at times opposing, approaches which reverberate around the Museo’s rooms simultaneously and trigger a conversion of our passive capacity to hear into active listening, reminding us, to paraphrase the artist Muntadas, that “perception requires participation”. Listening with the eardrum, yes, but also with our eyes, with our skin, by reading, by moving. Active listening, which is profound. Hearing by thinking.
With that in mind, the Museo’s Education Area sets in motion a series of actions, listening journeys, encounters and mediation projects to accompany and amplify these exhibitions, inviting participation for anyone interested in absorbing and reflecting on sounds to form a diverse group of hearers and listeners that can, at the same time, transmit back their experiences and impressions.