Listening Out, Speaking Up and Talking Back

Sophie Chapman+Her Noise Archive+Ultra Red+56a Infoshop

Listening is a mysterious process not the same to everyone (Pauline Oliveros)


Her Noise Archive is ‘a resource of collected materials investigating music and sound histories in relation to gender bringing together a wide network of women artists who use sound as a medium,’ come listen out, speak up and talk back with us.


After an introduction to the archive we will flick through its boxes of zines, take it in turns choosing records to play, locate hidden images, stories and sound objects and sit together watching documentation, interviews and videos.  We will find out how the collection came together, give time for introspective and shared musings, then wrap up by exchanging our findings.


Before heading off, we will finish the day by visiting 56a Infoshop (just around the corner). There we'll meet with members of Ultra-red to talk about the use of pedagogical methods of listening to interrogate social conditions, and chat about other modes of dissonant noise making and think about the archive in relation to the radical legacy of Elephant & Castle.


Interested in... sound, feminist herstories of noise-making, sonic dissonance, sounding & listening, bands as communities & permission giving structures, autonomous spaces, DIY cultures and punk politics…? In the words of Her Noise, ‘we’re alive, lets meet!’



Her Noise Archive is a polyphonic conversation based on research, planning and materials collected from the 2005 Her Noise exhibition at South London Gallery, curated by Electra.


56a Infoshop is a volunteer-run, 100% unfunded, DIY social centre in Walworth, South London. Also at 56a there is Fareshares food co-op and 56a Bikespace.


Ultra-red is an expanded transdisciplinary collective, founded in 1994 by two AIDS activists. They take up the acoustic mapping of contested spaces and histories utilising sound-based research that directly engage the organising and analyses of political struggles.

This gathering was held during Antiuniversity 2017. Special Thanks to Robin Sampson for their help deciphering and accessing UAL's Special Collection.