Audioreflection pod: Iris Nikolaou

Audioreflection pod, hosted by the Department of Dance at Stockholm University of the Arts, consists of fourteen individual episodes inviting you to audio spaces reflecting a wide range of perspectives on artistic practice.

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Episode 6: Iris Nikolaou

Does a body of a sound carry also the body of its source?

An audio collage made of fragments from my degree presentation, the questions, the voices of my untimely collaborators and listening scores that were present for me throughout the process.

Here, I am transposing some of the materials that constituted Affective resonances: a multi-channel surround installation and a soniferous performative site.

It is a sensescape that merges with a female cocktail party to dwell into soundplaces.

More information on Affective Resonances

Thank you for listening.

Iris Nikolaou

Iris Nikolaou is a transdisciplinary artist from Athens. Her work traverses across the modalities of dance, theatre and sound. She has been developing the concept of choreosounding as a container of her research on listening from, to, with and through a body and in relation to place, other bodies, e/motion, inner and outer sound worldings. Through choreosounding she explores embodied deep listening as a choreographic tool and a movement research strategy. She works as a performer, choreographer and teacher in various contexts and institutions in Europe and the U.S. including the School of Drama of the faculty of Fine Arts at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the National Theater of Northern Greece, the National Opera of Greece and Athens Festival. 


Affective Resonances is enveloped in six soundscape compositions that contain voices, field recordings, music and aural/oral manifestations of the work of people that I encountered while practicing embodied deep listening and have influenced me and informed the practice throughout the process.

Besides Pauline Oliveros’, Hildergard Westerkamp’s, Steven Feld’s and John Cage’s work, which have infiltrated and inspired the work in audible and inaudible ways, I here want to acknowledge the multitude that is implicitly or explicitly part of this work.

Additionally, to the credited sounds, I am also grateful to the locations, the animate and inanimate life evoked via the field recordings, which are impossible to name. I leave those to the listener's imagination.

This podcast includes excerpts from the following audio collages:


Contains excerpts from Luc Ferrari's Petite symphonie intuitive pour un paysage de printemps (1973-74), (from Hétérozygote / Petite Symphonie Intuitive Pour Un Paysage De Printemps, Recollection, February 2017); flute improvisation by Iris Nikolaou; field recordings by Iris Nikolaou*; found sounds from **


Contains excerpts from Eliane Radigue’s Triptych (1978) (Important Records, 2009); Craig Shepard’s Sheepshead Bay (from On Foot: Brooklyn, Edition Wandelweiser Records, 2014); T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets (recited by T.S. Eliot and Alec Guiness); Samuel Beckett’s The Unnamable (recited by Iris Nikolaou); field recordings by Iris Nikolaou* and Yorgos Samantas, found sounds from **


Contains fragments from lectures and interviews of: Adrianne Rich, Rosi Braidotti, Virginia Woolf, Angela Davis, Sara Ahmed, Erin Manning, Audre Lorde, Mary Overlie, Lisa Nelson, Karen Barad, Donna Haraway, Judith Butler, Deborah Hay, Frances Stonor Saunders. Compiled by Iris Nikolaou.


* collected from the beginning of the pandemic until now, May 2021.

** licensed under Creative Commons / CC0 1.0 Universal - Public Domain Dedication.

Silhouette of a flower in pink light from a window

Image: A trace from Affective resonances (26/5/2021) collected by Csilla Hodi