Listen Up! is a unique public sound exhibition that proposes to transform the way audiences in New Delhi experience art by using a digital platform through a mobile phone app to make sound art publically accessible across the city, without restrictions of permissions or sound pollution. The exhibition is produced by 1after320, an initiative of Rasika Kajaria that aims to support innovative exhibition formats. Through supporting public art exhibitions, ephemeral installations, lectures, talks, and exchange with international artists, 1after320 aims to take a step further toward public engagement by supporting innovative interventions and alternatives to conventional commercial shows. Listen Up! is curated by Diana Campbell Betancourt and Tim Goossens in locations ranging from the Saket Metro, Qutub Minar, to the Garden of Five Senses, the India Art Fair and Lado Sarai.
The combination of contemporary art and telephones is hardly new, and the seminal 1969 exhibition 'Art by Telephone' at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago opened up new possibilities to channel communication devices to realize ambitious projects. Indian artists such as CAMP have famously tapped into the power of phones to create ground breaking works such as Pal Pal Pal Pal…which used taped footage and phones to transform how people engaged with the infamous Radia Telecom scandal, and artists such as Navin Thomas and Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller have transformed old telephones into channels for their hypnotic sound works.
The Listen Up! exhibition proposes to blur the boundary between mobile phones for art and mobile phones for daily use by inviting the public to transform their own devices into a channel for an exhibition. The design of the app is inspired by vintage phones and phone books, drawing connections between the history of the telephone and the cellular phones that we now all use world wide.
Users can download the artworks without registering with the application.