Bidston Observatory Artistic Research Centre: Annual General Exchange (AGE)

Bidston Observatory Artistic Research Centre: Annual General Exchange (AGE)

Bidston Observatory Artistic Research Centre: Annual General Exchange (AGE)

Date(s): 30.10.21 - 6.11.21
Time(s): All Day

Venue: Bidston Observatory Artistic Research Centre
Dates: 30/10/2021 – 06/11/2021
Times: Various

As the air snaps cooler and the nights draw in, echoes of future crackling fires are calling us towards this year’s Annual General Exchange (AGE). A shared week in the calendar, held open every year at BOARC, the AGE is a precious moment for collective resourcing.

This AGE, we’re paying attention to sonic commonalities at scales. Close listening to the tiniest vibrations of our immediate surroundings can reveal the possibility for multi-species, more-than-human communication. Such listening also reveals the solidifications of ongoing colonial and extractivist stories within sound. 
Honouring presence by listening closely, this year we’ll be working with the medium of field recordings in many different forms. There’ll be workshops that allow us time for environmental response, and reflections on the technologically mediated capture of sounds. Throughout the week, there will be opportunities to experiment, which situate sound in the body, and respond to the spirit of place: expect sound bounced off architecture, cut with layers of folklore and shaped by momentary mood.

We’ll be exploring the bodily affects of listening – the patient effort of receptive stillness, for example, or the percussion of a body receiving intense information. Our capacity for attention is linked to our body’s permeability, and never-ending noise pollution becomes toxic body-burden. How, then, can we cut through the saturation, and hone our ears to be able to enter different frames of reference, perspectives and alternative ways of thinking and being?

For AGE 2021: sound, dug through; we’ll be attending to time compressed by ancestral histories, interrupted by ontological category and resonated by embodiment.


AGE 21 runs from Saturday 30th October, to Saturday 6th November.

The programme is – as always – punctuated with suggestions, and open for contributions. Bidston Observatory Artistic Research Centre’s AGM is on Friday 5th November.

Invited artists will be sharing their work on Saturday 6th November. Day users are welcomed for this event, however space is limited so booking is essential. The lineup:

Ashley Holmes

Dialect (Andrew Hunt)

Kelly Jayne Jones


If you’d like to add suggestions to the week, please feel free to email through, or pop them on the blackboard when you arrive. There are many welcomed forms: workshops, extended conversations, trying out new ideas or working through your practice.

Check out the full programme here.


The maximum number of stayers is 26, and people booking for the whole duration get priority.

There is a sliding scale of nightly fee: £35 / £25 / £15 per person, per night, dependent on personal funding and resources. The day user rate for Saturday 6th November is £7.50.

This event is communal cooking rather than self-catering. Food contribution is £10 per person per day. Please let us know preferences and any allergies when booking. More info on practicalities can be found here.

To reserve a place or for any questions:

Bidston Observatory, Wilding Way, Prenton, CH43 7RA
Tel: 07385 296 328