Paul Purgas performance at Nottingham Contemporary

Caves, Dwellings & Vibration

Caves, Dwellings & Vibration is conceived as a sensorial exchange across research, mediation and performance highlighting Nottingham’s extraordinary condition as a city built on a network of caves - being the UK’s largest network of over 800 hidden beneath.

Caves, Dwelling & Vibration aspires to look closely into the poetic and artistic knowledge and wisdom caves carry, to think about the notions of geologic and deep time, archaeoacoustics and the uses of caves as spaces of dwellings but also as spaces of upheaval.


Nottingham Contemporary’s Live Programmes invited Ignota Books, in response to their publication, Quantum Listening, to conspire on performances that unfold in The City of Caves, underneath Nottingham Contemporary. Due to the historic nature of these ancient caves these events will have a very limited capacity.The performances by Evan Ifekoya, Paul Purgas, Lucy Railton and Maxwell Sterling explore the roots and legacies of Deep Listening with a broad curiosity toward vibration, resonance and altered states.

December 11, 2022