Sound Threshold is an umbrella project initiated and developed by curator Lucia Farinati through long term collaboration with artists, writers, and cultural practitioners whose work and research focuses on sound and listening. Since its outset in 2007, this collaborative process has been reflected in the curation and production of events and exhibitions including radio projects, site-specific interventions, performances, talks and workshops which enhance collective listening as well as creating an ongoing archive of recorded conversations and interviews. Encompassing contemporary art, sonic studies, public art and critical spatial practice, the project also provides a framework for highly experimental and cross-disciplinary research about site, sound and text. It investigates the idea of threshold as an extended metaphor of boundary, frontier, track, border and difference as embodied by the Latin word limes – embracing an idea of landscape not only as a visual construct but also as a palimpsest of natural elements, acoustic phenomena, literary references and voiced narratives.

Sound Threshold is a self-sustained non-profit organisation based in London. It is directed by Lucia Farinati and managed through the help of a board of advisers.

Please note that the website is under redevelopment, we apologise for any inconvenience that might occur during your visit.

While we are completing this work please see the NEWS section here below for current and recent projects.



Forthcoming projects, talks and workshops

Paesaggi in Ascolto, a talk by Lucia Farinati, Festival Futur\o Presente, 14 June 2013, 3 pm, sala del conference, Mart, Rovereto (Italy) ID=4335&IDE=3881


Camminando Ascoltanto, a workshop by Lucia Farinati with Brave New Alps, Festival Futuro Presente, 15-18 June 2013, Rovereto (Italy)


Speaking to Others: Who Speaks to Who, an exhibition by William Furlong - Audio Arts, curated by Lucia Farinati, Villa Romana, Florence, 26 June - 27 July 2013. Lucia Farinati in conversation with William Furlong, 27 June, Villa Romana, Florence, time tbc


Come una possibilità di incontro, a collective reading of Autoritratto by Carla Lonzi, a radio event by Lucia Farinati for bip bop, a project by Elena Biserna and Rita Correddu, Radio Città Fujiko 103.01 Mhz in FM, Bologna, 28 June 2013, 11pm (CET)


As Below So Above a short film by Carl Michael Von Hausswolff and Leif Elggren, produced by Sound Threshold. Film premiere, Oslo, 24 August 2013, time and venue tbc




Publications and articles in preparation

Process, by Lucia Farinati with Claudia Firth, for the online magazine edited by Iris Garrelfs, Summer 2013


Lucia Farinati in conversation with Brandon LaBelle, interview for a monograph on LaBelle’s works, les presses du reel, Dijon, France, 2014


The Force of Listening, a Doormats booklet on the role of listening in contemporary conjunctions between art and activism, by Lucia Farinati and Claudia Firth, Errant Bodies Press, Winter 2013


Freud on Holiday IV, A Cavernous Defile - Part I, by Sharon Kivland with Lucia Farinati, Cube Art Editions, Spring 2014



Recent projects and talks

Nuovi Paesaggi - Sound Stories from Tuscany, five works conceived and produced for radio that narrate a territory and its cultural geography by Viv Corringham, Mikhail Karikis, Laura Malacart, Davide Tidoni, & Allen S. Weiss, curated by Lucia Farinati, produced by Radio Papesse and Villa Romana, Summer 2012

Click on the title of each piece (below) to get more info and then click on Ascolta to listen to the audio files, the mp3s will open in a new window, however you will need a fast and reliable wifi connection to listen to the works

Viv Corringham | Shadow-walks (Florence)

Mikhail Karikis | Song for Larderello: Ouverture

Laura Malacart | Voicings (Italy)

Davide Tidoni | The New Shape of Public Architecture

Allen S. Weiss | Carmignano


Under Freud’s Couch, a performance, presentation and discussion by Leif Elggren with Lucia Farinati, produced by Sound Threshold, Freud Museum, London, 26 November 2012


Active Archive (2006-2012), a talk by Lucia Farinati for Off the Record Symposium: The history and legacy of Audio Arts Magazine on contemporary art, Tate Britain, London, 13 October 2012

Links to presentation:


From spatial production of sound to collective listening, a talk by Lucia Farinati for London College of Communication, Practitioners series, London, 31 October 2012, recorded by Resonance 104.04 FM