SOUNDSITE/LISTENINGSCAPE CORRESPONDENCE (Druskininkai, Lithuania – Stockholm, Sweden – Basel, Switzerland, 2015)

SOUNDSITE/LISTENINGSCAPE CORRESPONDENCE (Druskininkai, Lithuania – Stockholm, Sweden – Basel, Switzerland, 2015)

A collaboration with artist, researcher and performer Christina Burkolter (CH, DK) which was presented as a site-specific sound performance in Druskininkai, Lithuania, during the NSU Summer Session in July 2015. Soundsite/Listeningscape Correspondence is an ongoing project that started as an exchange of sonic sketches between myself, living in Stockholm, Sweden, and Christina, based in Basel, Switzerland, and it evolved into an embodied dialogue of site-specific exploration of the notions of togetherness and permeability through the use of sound. Soundsite/Listeningscape Correspondence was performed before a live audience in a hybrid format, including both pre-recorded sound pieces and live voice manipulation. It was framed as a sonic exploration of the mutual engagement essential to a nomadic artistic research community, and also as an embodied inquiry into performative practices of co-authorship and collaborative research.

SING-A-LONGING (Mooste/Tartu/Tallinn, Estonia 2015)

SING-A-LONGING (Mooste/Tartu/Tallinn, Estonia 2015)

Performative sound piece composed from a local choir recording at Mooste and vocal fragments collected from passersby in the streets of Tartu, Estonia, between 16-26 March 2015. Performed at the Crossing Contexts NSU Winter Session at Kanuti Gildi SAAL, Tallinn, Estonia. Sing-a-longing was inspired by a radical notion of “site specific” engagement, as the intimate sound field available in direct memory recall, and by the role of choral singing in Estonia’s recent political history, namely the series of events known as the “Singing Revolution”, taking place between 1987-1991, the period leading to the independence of the Baltic states.

SILENT DINNER SOUNDSCAPE (Mooste/Tallinn, Estonia 2015)

SILENT DINNER SOUNDSCAPE (Mooste/Tallinn, Estonia 2015)

Soundscape composed from field recordings taken between 16-26 March 2015 around Mooste, Estonia, during a residency stay at MoKS, for a collaborative performative silent dinner taking place at Kanuti Gildi SAAL (Tallinn, Estonia) organized by artist/researcher Luisa Greenfield (US/DE) and philosopher/artistic researcher Sebastian Dieterich (DE/CH), with the participation of artist/researcher Christina Burkolter (DK/CH). This performance operated as a ritualistic sensorial immersion, in the context of a nomadic community of artistic researchers and practitioners, bringing an embodied experience of the outer space (sounds collected from walks through the forest around Mooste) into an intimate location where the basic needs of the performing, living body are met – both the needs manifest as hunger and exhaustion, the need for privacy in an intense exchange environment, and the need for the partial release of the self as ego after prolonged exposure to a shared space of intense identification between work and artist. The meal was prepared, using local resources and a DIY ethics, by the Berlin based nomadic artist ensemble NoWhere Kitchen (Pepe Dayaw and Ayumi Saito).