Sylvia Rabeler’s Statement of Interest

In Webster’s English dictionary, every definition of the word “listening” includes a reference sound; however, one subtext defines listening as “to give consideration (~ to a plea)” or to pay attention. Defining listening as such, we can use the term listening as a means of observation. From this perspective we can listen to thoughts and concepts, things that exist in our mind, things that do not have an association with sound. In my theoretical systems research, I use an art-based methodology to optimize my spatial reasoning skills, and heighten my ability to see alternative solutions to problems of logic. I refer to this method as Cybernetic Scrying. This involves a employing a self-directed feedback loop between mind and environment, essentially listening to the rational calculations of my mind for information on how to proceed with the construction of a visual composition, via iterative applications of paint on a canvas. Each application of paint changes my perspective on the problem that I am working on, necessitating a new round of listening. The more I listen, the more I sharpen my awareness. This is a form of mental exercise. Practice improves performance. In attending the ASC Conference on Listening, I would like to share my ideas regarding this method with others and to develop a paper that outlines a theoretical foundation for the use of the scrying algorithm. Most importantly, I am interested in what others have to say about listening and how they integrate listening in their work.

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