Deep Listening
curated by Diana Lola Posani

5 and 6 May 2023

On the occasion of the exhibition dedicated to the work of Pauline Oliveros, Beethoven Was a Lesbian, the museum will host a series of workshops led and curated by Diana Lola Posani.


Deep Listening is a practice created by Pauline Oliveros, a American composer and performer. The practice explores the difference between the involuntary nature of hearing and the voluntary and selective nature of listening. In her book Deep Listening, a composer’s sound practice, Oliveros defines deep listening as “learning to expand the perception of sounds to include the entire space-time continuum of sound—meeting the vastness and complexity as much as possible.” In practice, Deep Listening includes bodywork, sound meditations and work on scores, as well as guided listening to the sounds of everyday life, thoughts, imagination and dreams. It cultivates greater awareness of the sound environment, both external and internal, and promotes experimentation, improvisation, collaboration, and other creative skills vital to artistic growth. Posani applies this method within her own research on voice and performance, through scores and improvisation, with the underlying belief that now, more than ever, listening is a strong political statement.


The practice of Deep Listening will be presented in the form of a workshop for both adults and children (ages 6-10).


Deep Listening adults
Friday 5 May 2023, from 4 pm to 6 pm
Saturday 6 May 2023, from 3 pm to 6 pm


Deep Listening children
Saturday 6 May 2023, from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm



The activity is free of charge, to participate send an email to with the subject line “Deep Listening” by 2 May 2023, specifying the name of the participants (if children specify age). 



DIANA LOLA POSANI, sound artist, performer and curator, is a Deep Listening facilitator certified by the Deep Listening Foundation. She performs internationally, writes in the journal A Row of Trees, from the Sonic Art Research Unit (SARU) – Oxford Brookes University, and debuted in 2022 on Fango Radio with the podcast Kaikokaipuu. She is currently interested in working on the shared space between sound and poetic imagery through interdisciplinary works and sound poems. Her translation of the book Deep Listening – La pratica sonora di una compositrice (Deep Listening – The sound practice of a composer) by Pauline Oliveros, unpublished in Italy, came out in spring 2023 published by Timeo.