730 N. Fair Oaks Ave. Pasadena, CA 91103

About Listening as (a) movement

Side Street Projects is proud to present Listening as (a) movement, a new public artwork by artist Elana Mann involving interactive sculpture and community based performance art events. Listening as (a) movement investigates sound and the voice as physical entities that can move us emotionally, form deep interpersonal connections, and be agents of social change. The project is taking place at Side Street Projects’ (SSP) mobile headquarters, where Mann has built three outdoor sculptures stemming from the designs of pre-radar sonic technologies. The sculptures simultaneously subvert and evoke the original aim of these early WWII technologies: they will promote active listening in the local neighborhood, symbolically negate the growing polarization of political discourse, and point to the erosion of personal privacy through recent developments in surveillance. 


The parabolic and horn shaped acoustic sculptures will be employed in a series of 

events produced in collaboration with local community groups and a selection of interdisciplinary artists. Community events include a dialog between the Youth Advocates of DayOne and the NW Commission, a sculpture created by students from YouthBuild, and a series of video interviews produced by Youthbuild and members of the Pasadena Senior Center. Local and national artists, including Alex Braidwood, Allison Johnson, Julie Tolentino, and Deborah Kaufman & Alan Snitow, are creating workshops, performances, and screenings in response to the sculptures and the site that will engage the public at large. Each participating artist, filmmaker, composer, and choreographer will uniquely explore ideas such as listening through the body, the politics of listening, and experimental sound making. 


SSP invited Mann to create this project in response to the listening needs of their neighborhood in NW Pasadena. This socially engaged artwork acts as an empowering device to amplify real concerns and questions of local individuals and communities. Simultaneously Listening as (a) movement addresses broader concerns about the human voice, acts of communication, and the role of listening in society. 


Side Street Projects 730 N Fair Oaks Ave. Pasadena, CA 91103

This project is made possible through a grant from The Pasadena Department of Cultural Affairs Arts and Culture Commission and an ARC grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation.