Untraining the Ear

Kamila Metwaly

04/07/2019 - 07/07/2019

Mântuleasa 4, Bucharest, Romania

With the UNTRAINING THE EAR LISTENING SESSIONS we propose exercises to decipher sound beyond its contextual affiliation of geography, genre, and valences of identity. It is an attempt to press II [pause] to the daily storm of sonic vibrations, and voice a call to examine and explore the auditory beyond the hearing and start to LISTEN.


Kamila Metwaly

Kamila Metwaly, born in Warsaw 1984, is a music journalist, electronic musician and a curator based between Berlin and Cairo. Metwaly founded an independent arts and culture publication in Egypt, which specialized in music, arts and cultural writings from 2004 to 2009. Later, she worked in radio and the independent flm scene, maintaining a strong presence in Cairo’s cultural and activist scenes for many years. Since 2014, Metwaly has specialized in music journalism for various independent Egyptian and Arab publications. In 2017, Metwaly joined SAVVY Contemporary and is curating an ongoing sound project titled: Untraining the Ear Listening Sessions. She has been involved with various sound based exhibition projects in the space; including ‘What Has All This Got To Do With Coconuts And Rice: A Listening Exhibition on José Maceda’, ‘Sonic Gestures’ by Pamela Z, ‘We have Delivered Ourselves from the Tonal– Of, with, towards, on Julius Eastman’; and has co-curated a retrospective exhibition “The Dog Done Gone Deaf: Exploring The Sonic Cosmologies of Halim El-Dabh” with Bonaventure Ndikung in the Dak’Art Biennale in Senegal, 2018. She has been appointed as a guest research curator for the Donaueschingen New Music festival 2021 edition.