(Non) Humanism & Animism my newest performative installation was premiered by ensemble But What About this last weekend, at Gaudeamus 2018. Here a talk about the creative process moderated by Rens Machielse, former director HKU Muziek & Technologie. Interviewees are me & Marte Boneschansker (who also was featerud at Gaudeamus with her project BLOOS). – Extra guests: But What About (Wilco Oomkes), Matthías Ingiberg Sigurðsson (composer for BLOOS)
(photo Herre Vermeer, installationview of (Non) Humanism & Animism)
We live under constant visual stimulation these days. But for most of us our ears are still our primary sense organ to engage with the world around us: for orientation, to detect possible threats; either create a feeling of safety, comfort and… even belonging. I have always been curious about our emotional responses to sound and our tendency to – regardless of the degree of abstraction – create meaning and eventually a whole (imaginary) narrative around it.
(Non) Humanism & Animism is my new series of sonic researches zooming in on the semiotic power of sound and also acoustics: conceived as a performative installation and an attempt to unfold various sonic perspectives as well as sonic choreographies. In my first ‘episode’ of this series – subtitled Absental Dynamics – all is an exploration into the single perspective of how we humans perceive sound: how we hear and listen. Hence a set up that can accurately represent the human hearing apparatus: every listener receives a set of headphones to listen to binaural sound (3D audio).
Absental Dynamics is the forerunner of a performative installation in which I will integrate a more inclusive view on the act of listening: reflecting on interaction and communication with humans as well as with non humans and other sentient beings (e.g. animals, plants, inanimate objects, spirits).
BIG SHOUT OUT to De Player in the heart of Rotterdam, who yesterday organized E-ARTHHA a fantastic and very inspiring event staging Benny Nilsen, Max Franklin, Douglas Kahn. As well my own work performed by the wonderful viola player Maya Felixbrodt.
Cathy van Eck writer of the book Between Air & Electricity: Microphones and Loudspeakers as Musical Instruments (ed. Bloomsbury) published a wonderful article today about Kropka na Ogonie & Soroka Fruwa (2016). You can read it here on her blog. Check it out !