Reading On Voice | Janneke van der Putten


Reading On Voice | with Janneke van der Putten

people lying under a tree for a listening experience
Janneke van der Putten, Listening_Wo können wir landen?

7 – 8 pm CEST

We read together in person at:
SEA Foundation, Tivolistraat 22, Tilburg

This reading group event is part
of SEA Foundations’ longer-term
research of art and sustainability
fold #11 on Voice

The event is free of charge,
organised by artists and volunteers
of the SEA Foundation.

Moderated by Michaela Davidova


The reading on Voice which comes on the last Thursday in October is devoted to listening. Co-host, artist, performer and vocalist Janneke van der Putten, suggested to read the excerpts from author Pauline Oliveros. Among other titles, we will delve into the book ‘Deep Listening, A Composer’s Sound Practise‘ (2005) and address the ability to listen deeply. According to the artist, it is important to devote to the contemplation as a practice of attuning with oneself and with one’s environment. This knowledge is ancient and contemporary at the same time.

‘My voice is my main tool, guiding me through physical and sonic explorations in different landscapes. Engaging with specific sites and local contexts, and through my personal experiences, I investigate (human) responses to my surroundings, and their relation to natural phenomena and transitions, such as the sunrise.’ (Janneke van der Putten, 2024)

Pauline Oliveros

Pauline Oliveros (May 30, 1932 – November 24, 2016) was an American composer whose practice had a major influence on the development of experimental electronic music. In the 60s, she founded and directed San Francisco Tape Music Center. She was teaching music, formulating music theories and writing books that drew attention to concepts such as ‘deep listening’ or ‘music awareness’.

Janneke van der Putten

Janneke van der Putten is a Rotterdam-based visual artist and vocalist/performer holding a BDes in TXT (Textile), Gerrit Rietveld Academy (Amsterdam, 2009), and a MMus in Artistic Research, Royal Academy of Art & Royal Conservatoire (The Hague, 2013). Janneke also studied classical North-Indian Dhrupad singing with Amelia Cuni and Marianne Svašek (Berlin & Rotterdam, 2009 – 2014) and is autodidact in various extended vocal techniques.

In 2023 her solo album ‘JNNK’ was released on vinyl and featured in The Wire with an article by Abi Bliss. That same year, Janneke’s long-term research ‘Cycles’ about the day and night rhythm was supported by CBK Rotterdam. Together with composer Sajjra Xhrs Galarreta (PE), she is currently preparing a new music publication of their project ‘Invisible Architecture’, recorded in a waterreservoir.

 Other composers Janneke collaborated with are: Siavash Akhlaghi (IR), Budhaditya Chattopadhyay (IN), Werner Durand (DE), Philemon Mukarno (ID/NL), Marcus Schmickler (DE) and Lucie Vítková (CZ).

Janneke van der Putten website

Image credits:

bottom left: Portrait by Gabriëlle Barros Martins
bottom centre: Directed to the Sun, working process 21 dec. 2014, photo by Chris Galarreta
bottom right: Landscape Acoustics and Voice 2017, photo by Jari Ortwig_Cologne

The programme of reading sessions:

26.09.2024 reading with Adele Dipasquale
29.08.2024 reading with Nadine Ghandour & Agata Sznurkowska
in fold #11 on Voice

30.05.2024 reading with Tom Viaene, Arnout and Michiel De Cleene
26.04.2024 reading with Angela Serino and Maja Bekan
28.03.2024 reading with Curated Suitcase
in fold #10 on Responsibility

22.02.2024 reading with Lotta Petronella
25.01.2024 reading with Eva van Ooijen
30.11.2023 reading with Danae Theodoridou ft. Fontys Akademy of the Arts
in fold #09 on Empowerment

26.10.2023 reading with Barbora Trnková ft. Vašulka Kitchen
28.09.2023 reading with Pam Virada
in fold #08 on Spirit

22.06.2023 reading with Golnar Abbasi
25.05.2023 reading with Charlotte Jarvis
in fold #07 on Solidarity

30.03.2023 reading with Doris Hardeman
23.02.2023 reading with Risk Hazekamp
26.01.2023 reading with Gladys Zeevaarders
in fold #06 on Reimagining

27.10.2022 reading with Anna Zvyagintseva
05.10.2022 reading with Jun Zhang
25.08.2022 reading with Christopher van Ginhoven Rey
in fold #05
on Awakening

02.12.2021 reading with Laura Castro
18.11.2021 reading with Sophia Holst

16.09.2021 reading with Amy Franceschini
in fold #02 on Commons

08.07.2021 reading with Sheng-Wen Lo
17.06.2021 reading with Katarina Jazbec
20.05.2021 reading with Mari Kesi-Korsu
in fold #01 on Empathy

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Janneke van der Putten singing performance on a trampoline called Sonorous Breathing

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Janneke van der Putten holding a red cloth close to a microphone for her sound performance directed to the sun

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blindfolded woman attending to a listening session workshop by the artist Janneke van der Putten in Cologne 2017