Listen Hear

Listen Hear

Listen Hear 2620 Shelby St Indianapolis, Indiana 46203

Home of WQRT 99.1 LP FM, a community radio station. Also a pop-up gallery for enjoying art, music, sound art, and community. Listen Hear is part of Big Car. Open each First Friday and often open also for special events and projects.

Listen Hear is an ongoing sound art project of Big Car. Its home base at 2620 Shelby St., Indianapolis is dedicated to sound as material for art and experimental music where you can also enjoy a beer or a cup of coffee during programs.

It is also the home of our FCC-licensed community radio station, WQRT 99.1 LP FM that broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week as an art museum and community and cultural space on the airwaves. See also its bigcar.org project page.

The fundamental purposes of Listen Hear are to: highlight sound as a material in art while bringing people together; give focus to the importance of our daily soundscape; engage new listeners with tools and techniques related to deep listening; and provide opportunities to new and uninitiated audiences to experience sound as art. In 2016, the project was supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and many others.

Listen Hear is managed by the Big Car team with Oreo Jones as our sound artist in residence. Oreo can be reached at [email protected]

Listen to recordings here and here.
See lots of photos here.
Check out a page dedicated to our Noisy Neighbors show here.

Visit Us

Currently open randomly and by appointment and from 6-10 p.m. each First Friday. Watch for additional special events. Closed on holidays. Admission is free. Some events may have ticket prices.

LISTEN – a found sound compilation from Big Car Collaborative on Vimeo.

Empty Listen Hear from Big Car Collaborative on Vimeo.

Listen Hear: Pablo Helguera and Juan Dies perform at the ‘Librería Donceles’ from Big Car Collaborative on Vimeo.

Listen Hear: Deantoni Parks Public Session June 17, 2016 – Full Set from Big Car Collaborative on Vimeo.

Listen Hear facilitates an underrepresented art form, giving sound artists and experimental musicians exhibition opportunities and exposure, while simultaneously introducing sound as a material in the arts to a new, broad audience. By creating welcoming interactive and collaborative exhibitions, audiences enjoy affordable opportunities to explore sound art outside of the context of major museums or universities.

We hope our programming encourages people to begin a listening practice of their own. It is something you can always take with you! Raising an awareness of how sound informs space leads to a better appreciation for public and private places, and more begins to appear when we pay attention to the world.

Listen Hear: John Collins McCormick – August 15, 2016 from Big Car Collaborative on Vimeo.

In 2014, Big Car — led by sound artist in resident John McCormick — opened Listen Hear as one of two pop-up spaces and along an oasis along Little Eagle Creek at the Lafayette Place strip mall on the west side of Indianapolis. On the westside, Listen Hear offered experimental experiences in sound art and sculpture as well as many live performances. The Show Room, next door, was a temporary community space and incubator for socially engaged art – as well as home of the Loo-vre project.

Quakers meeting at Listen Hear with CJ Martin reading the iTunes Terms and Agreements from Big Car on Vimeo.

 

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Upcoming Events at Listen Hear


Past Events at Listen Hear

Mar

06

Fri
Fri, Mar 06, 2020 6:00 PM - Fri, Mar 06, 2020 10:00 PM @ Listen Hear

Big numbers of people are locked up in the United States.

Under correctional control: 6,700,000
Behind bars: 2,300,000
Serving life sentences in state prisons: 200,000

(Prison Policy Initiative, Correctional Control 2018)

The number of sites of incarceration—where people are “pinned
down”—is big as well. It makes sense, right? We need a lot of
buildings and cells in which to lock up all these folks.
Federal prisons. State prisons. County jails. City jails. Local lockups.

Juvenile detention centers. Secure juvenile residential facilities.
University police holding cells. Tribal prisons and jails. Military
detention facilities. ICE sites. Forestry camps. Airport holding cells.

Join us March 6th for the opening of Wes Janz- Pinned Down: The Locking Up of America

Many of us are unaware of the scope of this industry even as we
don’t know of caging sites that are close by. “Pinned Down,” through the use of state maps and pushpins, evidences the geography of incarceration that blankets the nation. Included alongside the maps are issues central to our imprisoning culture, and pieces from the artist’s earlier “Crazy for Cages” show.

The documentary “Digging the Suez Canal with a Teaspoon: Social Design in the 21st Century” will also be shown (as produced by Eric Limarenko and David Stairs in 2019,
Wes is the first of eleven voices from the U.S., South Africa, Great Britain, and India).

Too often we are, as Cornel West has stated, “well adjusted to
injustice.” It is my hope that this installation will contribute to our much-needed re-adjustment.

About Janz
Wes Janz, PhD, was a professor of architecture at Ball State University for twenty-two years (1995-2017). Among the highlights: ten years as graduate program director; primary author of undergraduate minor and graduate certificate programs in social and environmental justice; and sole recipient of the university’s Outstanding Teaching Award in 2006.

In 2008 he was a winner of the inaugural Curry Stone Design Prize, as awarded to breakthrough international projects that “engage communities at the fulcrum of change, raising awareness, empowering individuals and fostering collective revitalization.”

The National Endowment for the Arts, along with the Graham, Ruth Mott, Fulbright-Hays, and Efroymson Foundations, among others, supported his research and design efforts; and the Venice Biennale and university galleries throughout the Midwest featured Wes’s work. Janz has traveled, listened, and lectured on six continents.

Tags: Wes Janz- Pinned Down: The Locking Up of America, art, social justice, activism, First Friday

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Feb

07

Fri
Fri, Feb 07, 2020 6:00 PM - Fri, Feb 07, 2020 10:00 PM @ Listen Hear

Celebrate selected works from Brittany Fukushima’s Enclosure.

Tags: Live Music, sound, First Friday

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Jan

29

Wed
Wed, Jan 29, 2020 6:00 PM - Wed, Jan 29, 2020 8:00 PM @ Listen Hear

We are back with another edition of SOUND LAB! Join Oreo Jones at Listen Hear for an evening of sound exploration. Bring your synths, drum machines, pedals, theremins, or whatever you use to express yourself.

Sound Lab is a reoccurring workshop where we explore ways to communicate and express ourselves through sonic waves. Each attendee will be encouraged to play a piece that they have been working on and share ways of how they approached their work. The group will then attempt to work on a collaboration broadcasted live on 99.1 WQRT.

Tags: Sound Lab, Live Music, Broadcast, radio, Oreo Jones

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Jan

03

Fri
Fri, Jan 03, 2020 6:00 PM - Fri, Jan 03, 2020 10:00 PM @ Listen Hear

Navigate through Listen Hear from December 6th – January 17th as we welcome designer and artist Chad Eby.

Amidst an array of light and sound, Skärgården re-imagines cold war paranoia in the Stockholm archipelago in light and sound. The heart of this art installation is a self-organizing wireless mesh network that mirrors aspects of both the isolation and cooperation of an interconnected system of separate parts.

Chad Eby is a multidisciplinary artist, designer, teacher and researcher with particular interests in lighting, digital art, digital fabrication, people-center design and design history.

Listen Hear
2620 Shelby Street Indianapolis, IN 46203
Available by appointment

Opening Reception December 6 & January 3rd, 6-10pm

www.chadeby.studio
www.bigcar.org

Tags: Chad Eby is a multidisciplinary artist, designer, teacher and researcher with particular interests in lighting, digital art, digital fabrication, people-center design and design history, performance, radio, Live Music, Art, First Friday

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Dec

06

Fri
Fri, Dec 06, 2019 6:00 PM - Fri, Dec 06, 2019 10:00 PM @ Listen Hear

Navigate through Listen Hear from December 6th – January 17th as we welcome designer and artist Chad Eby.

Amidst an array of light and sound, Skärgården re-imagines cold war paranoia in the Stockholm archipelago in light and sound. The heart of this art installation is a self-organizing wireless mesh network that mirrors aspects of both the isolation and cooperation of an interconnected system of separate parts.

Chad Eby is a multidisciplinary artist, designer, teacher and researcher with particular interests in lighting, digital art, digital fabrication, people-center design and design history.

Listen Hear
2620 Shelby Street Indianapolis, IN 46203
Available by appointment

Opening Reception December 6 & January 3rd, 6-10pm

www.chadeby.studio
www.bigcar.org

Tags: Chad Eby is a multidisciplinary artist, designer, teacher and researcher with particular interests in lighting, digital art, digital fabrication, people-center design and design history, performance, radio, Live Music, Art, First Friday

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Oct

24

Thu
Thu, Oct 24, 2019 5:00 PM - Thu, Oct 24, 2019 6:00 PM @ Listen Hear

Join us at Listen Hear for the live taping of Serenity Now Reconciliation Hour with Duncan Kissinger!

Special guests, fan favorites, surprises. Join amateur emotional anthropologist Duncan Kissinger for some Tonight Show cosplay.

Listen to the show live on 99.1 WQRT FM from 5-6pm every Thursday.

Tags: live taping of Serenity Now Reconciliation Hour with Duncan Kissinger

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Aug

02

Fri
Fri, Aug 02, 2019 6:00 PM - Fri, Aug 02, 2019 10:00 PM @ Listen Hear

Join us at Listen Hear for the grand opening of Adam Wollenberg: Holy Smokes & Bad Jokes, Friday August 2nd. The opening ceremony will be accompanied by a performance from Drayco McCoy

Holy Smokes & Bad Jokes is a collected representation of metaphors and symbols based off Adams experiences in the past year and a half. Most of these pieces are done in all ball point pen which has a shelf life. Especially when exposed to UV light. This body of work will slowly die the longer it is exposed for people to see.

Adam Wollenberg is an Indianapolis resident since 2005. He tattoos at Masterwork Tattoo and eats Arby’s from time to time. He likes cigarettes, bourbon and staying up late.

Tags: Live Music, Drayco McCoy, Holy Smokes & Bad Jokes is a collected representation of metaphors and symbols based off Adams experiences in the past year and a half, This body of work will slowly die the longer it is exposed for people to see

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Jul

05

Fri
Fri, Jul 05, 2019 6:00 PM - Fri, Jul 05, 2019 10:00 PM @ Listen Hear

Wildstyle Paschall’s multi-media installation “Culture, Indy Hiphop Music”, is a captivating look into the unseen counter culture of America’s most popular music genre centered in the capital of a Midwestern city more known for cornfields, a 500 mile race and various amateur sports. The ever-evolving cultural movement created by people of color exists in Indianapolis, isolated from much of the financial success and mainstream consumerism seen in larger cities.

As a lifelong musician and long time hiphop producer, Paschall is a product of 1980s and 90s hip hop culture. During a time when hiphop storytelling, music, and culture expanded internationally, he was concerned that even by 2015 significant accounts of the rich culture created in central Indiana was not being archived to shared with outsiders as well as passed down to future generations.

“Culture, Indy Hiphop Music” takes the viewers and puts them on stage with independent hiphop artists performing and creating music to see their passion and dedication to the art through picture and video.

Tags: Wildstyle Paschall, Culture, Indy Hiphop Music, Live Music, Hip-Hop, Listen Hear, art, gallery

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Apr

05

Fri
Fri, Apr 05, 2019 6:00 PM - Fri, Apr 05, 2019 10:00 PM @ Listen Hear

Join us for the Indiana premiere of “Out There,” a concept video album and live performance by the band Princess that explores the roles men play and those they ought to be playing during the current cultural reckoning with misogyny.

The video’s science fiction narrative explores the power of the Divine Feminine through collaborations with musician JD Samson, visual artist Jennifer Meridian, and the band TEEN.

Princess is a performance art duo, a collaboration between Alexis Gideon and Michael O’Neill that uses music as the backbone of a multidisciplinary practice that explores issues of queerness and the concept of masculinity. Princess was formed in 2004 in the Chicago DIY Performance space, Texas Ballroom. The duo released a self-titled LP and performed until 2006 when they went on to pursue other paths, reuniting for this project in 2017.

Alexis Gideon has performed and exhibited throughout the world, including at Moderna Museet Stokholm, New Museum of Contemporary Art, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Málaga, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Vdrome, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Wexner Center for the Arts, and Time Zones Festival Italia. He has toured internationally and opened for Dan Deacon and tUnE-yArDs.

Michael O’Neill has collaborated with JD Samson of Le Tigre and, with her, formed the acclaimed art/performance band MEN. MEN toured extensively around the world including festival appearances at Coachella (USA) and Sidney Mardi Gras (AUS), at museums such as SF MoMA (USA) and Museo Rufino Tamayo (MX), and support tours with the Gossip and Peaches.

Tags: art, Live Music, Listen Hear, Out There, Princess, the roles men play and those they ought to be playing during the current cultural reckoning with misogyny

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Dec

06

Thu
Thu, Dec 06, 2018 6:00 PM - Thu, Dec 06, 2018 9:00 PM @ Listen Hear

Listen Hear is proud to present Baltimore-made, Indianapolis Artist Brittany Pendleton as our December exhibiting artist.Pendleton’s series “Hand(s)” shares empathetic and eye opening storytelling through documentation of hands in our community.Join us for Collectors’ Night to get an intimate look at the exhibition and chat with the artist.

Tags: art, First Fridays, Listen Hear, Brittany Pendleton, storytelling

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Oct

05

Fri
Fri, Oct 05, 2018 6:00 PM - Fri, Oct 05, 2018 10:00 PM @ Listen Hear

Stop in Listen Hear this First Friday to experience the installation “Vibrate Higher” by Big Car Staff Artist Carlie Foreman.

Tags: Listen Hear, art installation, fm, radio, vibrate higher, Carlie Foreman

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