Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead

The Listening Archive

On view February 2–April 15, 2018

The Listening Archive is a sound and oral history music project that documents musicians and composers across musical genres and generations, discussing what they think about and listen for when they listen to music. Founded in 2009 by information artist and architect Laura Foxman, The Listening Archive has been realized in collaboration with filmmakers and sound recorders from Detroit, and across the country. Participants include Leon Fleisher, Jon Hendricks, Lenny Kaye, Missy Mazzoli, Stephin Merritt, Suni Paz, Dave Portner (Animal Collective, Avey Tare), and Pete Seeger among numerous others.

Image courtesy of The Listening Archive.

Related Programing

The Listening Archive: Live Session

Sunday, February 25 at 1 PM
Event will be hosted in Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead
Admission: Free ($5 suggested donation)

The Listening Archive founder and director Laura Foxman will share insights from and musical recordings referenced by the musicians and composers featured in the Mobile Homestead exhibition. Other topics discussed will include The Listening Archive‘s origin and how it reflects Foxman’s approach to information, to information art.
Guests are encouraged to bring examples of their favorite music to join in on the session!


The Listening Archive: Live Session ft. Ben Hall

Sunday, March 25 at 1 PM
Ben Hall performs Baptizum.com
Event will be hosted in Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead
Admission: Free ($5 suggested donation)

Music lovers and collector’s alike, join MOCAD for a two-part Live Listening Session in correlation The Listening Archive Exhibition located in Mike Kelly’s Mobile Homestead.
Detroit visual and performing artist Ben Hall plays from his curated collection, Bap-Tizum.com; a survey of Black-American Christian spiritual music & sermons from the 1930’s to the 1908’s and the world’s largest online Black American spiritual collection.



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