La gioiosa permeabilità

Diana Lola Posani

13 September  | 3 – 6 pm
Real Academia de España en Roma
deep listening workshop

The workshop is free and open to everyone without previous experience in the field. 


Pauline Oliveros was an American queer composer, improviser and performer; in her book Deep Listening, a composer’s sound practice she explored the difference between the involuntary nature of hearing and the voluntary, selective nature of listening. For her, deep listening is “learning to expand the perception of sounds to include the whole space/time continuum of sound—encountering the vastness and complexities as much as possible”. Sound artist Diana Lola Posani applies this method to her performative research about the voice and, through musical scores and improvisations, pursues a deeper awareness of both external and internal soundscape therefore stimulating experimentation, improvisation and cooperation. In the workshop La Gioiosa Permeabilità (Joyful Permeability) she explores our ability to listen as a poetical tool to expand the limits of the real: what is the difference between a sound we remember, dream of and have listened to? This collective action has the aim of deconstructing and removing these perceptive differences.
Starting from Deep Listening by Pauline Oliveros, the participants will be guided through the rediscovery of the imaginative potential of listening, while accepting the risk of internal sounds revealing new uncharted territories.

Recommended book: Deep listening. A Composer’s Sound Practice, by Pauline Oliveros, iUniverse, 2005. Translated in Italian by Diana Lola Posani, Deep listening. La pratica sonora di una compositrice, published by Timeo, 2023.

Short Theatre 2023 workshops are free.
To register send an email to indicating in the subject workshop title, name, surname, phone number and a few words to introduce yourself.

Registration deadline: 25 August

Diana Lola Posani is a sound artist, independent curator and facilitator of Pauline Oliveros’ Deep Listening, certified by the Deep Listening Foundation. She performs internationally, writes in the magazine A Row of Trees, and in 2022 she debuted on Fango Radio with the podcast Kaikokaipuu. Her work was presented at Errant Sound (Berlin), at the Tsonami Sound Art Festival (Valparaiso), the I AM UNDONE festival (Oslo), NEXTONES festival (Val d’Ossola), in the spaces of Studio Rizoma (Palermo), at the MACRO museum (Rome) and in the sound art exhibition MEZZ’ARIA (Pistoia). She currently works on the common space between sound and poetic imagery, through interdisciplinary works and sound poems. She is the curator of AKRIDA, a nomadic sound art festival that presents international artists with a female and non-binary identity, the Figure di Filo – event supported by the Fondazione Morra, and the soundart event for children CRIATURE.

The pedagogic space of La Gioiosa Permeabilità (Joyful Permeability) is part of RECIPROCITY, a section of Short Theatre that experiments with models of reciprocity and intersectionality between belonging, widespread origins and knowledge through bodily practices, narrative grafts and playful universes.

Diana Lola Posani is also present at Short Theatre 2023 with the performance Scream as if your organs were made of glass, Thursday 14 September to Real Academia de España en Roma.

ph. Michele Rossetti