Residency 2018 Description

Sounding Paths 2018

A residency for site-specific sound & intermedia projects

2-12 July 2018
Ano Syros, Greece

Invited Artist:
David Toop (U.K.)

Call for applications

The Syros Sound Meetings initiative invites musicians, sound artists & intermedia artists of all levels & backgrounds with a documented interest in site-specific sound and intermedia composition, improvisation or performance for a joint residency in the island of Syros, Greece.

The residency program, now in its seventh consecutive year, has hosted participants from Greece, Cyprus, Italy, France, Germany, Belgium, Ireland, Finland, U.K., U.S.A., Canada, Australia and Japan and led to the development of original site-inspired works and performances by a diverse range of international artists, including Graham Lambkin, Áine O’Dwyer, Michael Pisaro, Deborah Stratman, Viv Corringham, Mike Cooper, Andrew Raffo Dewar and Sabu Toyozumi.

Applications are especially encouraged from student, graduate and professional artists working at the intersections between visual, sonic and/or textual media, as well as practice-based researchers interested in aural histories and sensory ethnographies.

Indicative areas of interest for proposed projects include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Ethnographies of the senses

- Aural histories

- Documenting and translating sound

- ‘Noisy’ media, interference and obsolete sound / image technologies

- Politics of noise and silence

- Poetics of listening

- Materiality and metaphysics of sound

Application & Participation

Staying at the converted guesthouse of a 17th-century Jesuit Monastery on the historic Ano Syros hillside, resident participants will work individually and/or together over a period of 10 days, towards the development of original sound & intermedia projects situated in or inspired by Ano Syros and nearby sites on the island. At the end of the 10-day period, all participants are invited to present one or more of their individual and/or collaborative projects in an informal public showcase organized by Syros Sound Meetings.

Participation and accommodation are free of charge, and the residency also covers Athens-Syros return ferry tickets on July 2 and 12. Beyond that, you will be expected to meet your own daily maintenance / food costs, as well as travel costs to and from Greece. We are happy to provide invitation or reference letters where necessary, to assist with grant applications towards travel & subsistence cost coverage.

To apply, please fill in application form at and send the following to

- a brief cv

- a description of the proposed project

- any samples of recent / relevant theoretical and/or practical work

As there is only a very limited number of available rooms at the Old Jesuit Monastery, the final choice will depend on the total number of applications received, as well as the degree of affinity between individual participants' interests & proposed subject areas.

Application Deadline: 15 May 2018

Notification of Acceptance: before 25 May 2018

Sounding Paths 2018 is organized in partnership with the Syros Institute and the Onassis Cultural Centre (OCC) in the framework of the INTERFACES project supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Sounding Paths 2017 is organized within the framework of the Interfaces project. Interfaces is an international, interdisciplinary project focusing on bringing new music to an extensive range of new audiences. With the support of the Creative Europe Programme, Interfaces unites nine diverse partners from 8 European countries with main objective to engage new audiences of all ages and those potential audience segments which, for a variety of demographic or cultural reasons have not yet been exposed to the music of our time.