[spectre] Ràdio Web MACBA’s Re-imagine Europe music commissions: a curated dialogue between orality and sound

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Fri Jun 4 11:19:04 CEST 2021

Aural dialogues

This Ràdio Web MACBA <https://rwm.macba.cat/> selection features five
specific commissions <https://rwm.macba.cat/en/re-imagine-europe> in which
we connect discourse and musical treatment in our podcasts*. Five singular
instances in which text and sound listen to each other, by means of
different creative strategies.
1/ Kali Malone in dialogue with Diego Falconí Travez

OBJECTHOOD #7 is a kind of sound essay, carefully woven out of
conversations with Diego Falconí Travez, Rick Dolphijn, and Dave Phillips,
which sets up a spiral-shaped journey around fire, burning, ashes, rituals,
cooking, food, and jungles. Kali Malone delivers one of her signature
drone-like compositions which works as a musical illustration of Falconí’s
ideas on circular temporalities and alternative views of time and history
in Andean cultures. Malone says: “Although we may perceive the music to be
changing, going forward, evolving – it is not. It is the same material
sounding the entire time – like a rotating wheel where all spokes are
perceptible but at any given moment in a different place.”
*PODCAST >* <https://rwm.macba.cat/en/specials/objecthood-7>

2/ Caterina Barbieri in dialogue with Raqs Media Collective

In this podcast we talk with Monica Narula, member of the Raqs Media
Collective, about her work with and around constructs that have to do with
temporality, collective intelligence, activism, and language. Starting from
an idea of time linked to Indian raga melodies with no beginning or end,
which Monica Narula talks about in the conversation, Caterina
Barbieri explores the tones and moods of raga, giving rise to cyclical
permutations and patterns of generative melodic and rhythmic synth-line
combinations: a tech-alien yet archaic sound that resembles the timbre of a
*PODCAST >* <https://rwm.macba.cat/en/sonia/sonia-280-raqs-media-collective>

3/ Antye Greie in dialogue with Marina Gržinić

Artist, researcher and LGTB activist Marina Gržinić explores the different
ways in which neoliberalism uses human death to fuel processes of
commercialisation and surplus value. From Abu Ghraib to Lampedusa by way of
the history of African culture and the dissolution of the former socialist
block, she assembles a political vocabulary that seeks to unravel the
effects of global aesthetics on people, drawing attention to the rise and
normalisation of what she calls 'trophy-images': images rooted in the
colonial legacy that display confinement, humiliation, and gratuitous
brutality on racialised subjects. Steeped in her discourse, German artist
Antye Greie embarks on some deep listening to create a sensorial deathscape
of sounds and words, resonating with Marina Gržinić’s blunt diagnostic of
necropolitics in Europe.
*PODCAST >* <https://rwm.macba.cat/en/sonia/sonia-277-marina-grzinic>

4/ Tiago Pina in dialogue with Jennifer Lucy Allan

The foghorn is a sonic marker used in conditions of low visibility to alert
vessels of hidden navigational hazards. Part of the coastal landscape since
their invention in the nineteenth century, foghorns became obsolete with
the rise of automatic alert systems and simpler devices such as compressed
air horns. In this podcast, we talk to Jennifer Lucy Allan, British writer,
researcher and author of “The Foghorn Lament”, about meteorology and
aurality, about volumes, distance and communities, and about sounds
disconnected from their function. We also touch on the making of sensory
records before the end of the twentieth century and how this archival
memory can be interpreted. From these conversations, Portuguese sound
artist and graphic designer Tiago Pina built his own recall and
reconstruction of this wicked yet haunting sonic marker that dwells in our
collective memory.
*PODCAST >* <https://rwm.macba.cat/en/sonia/sonia-261-jennifer-lucy-allan>

5/ François Bonnet in dialogue with Jean-Luc Nancy

In this podcast, French Philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy returns to the subject
of the body and other questions explored in *À l’écoute*, a controversial
but often quoted book in the broad field of contemporary sound and
listening studies. We talk to him about the body as an echo chamber and as
a sensible and sentient presence, about silence as the “infinite extremity
of sound”, and about the role of sound and listening in the context of
political practice. In the composition of the small miniatures featured in
this podcast, French sound artist François Bonnet departs from Nancy’s
notion of “body resonance”, alludes to the abolition of distance, reflects
on the silent part of a scream, and opens a small door into the abyss,
amongst other strategies.
*PODCAST >* <https://rwm.macba.cat/en/sonia/sonia-278-jean-luc-nancy>

And a little extra feature:
Radio Beyond Radio: The Ràdio Web MACBA Working Group

The Ràdio Web MACBA Working Group started in 2016 as a means for the
closest members of the RWM team to spend some time together, slow down
processes, share physical space, and see what happens along the way. The
questions in this interview were posed by the editorial team of Re-Imagine
answered by various members of the Ràdio Web MACBA Working Group.
*EPUB >*
*These podcasts are part of Re-Imagine Europe
<https://re-imagine-europe.eu/>, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme
of the European Union. Re-Imagine Europe is initiated by Sonic Acts (NL)
<https://sonicacts.com/portal> and coordinated by Paradiso (NL)
collaboration with Elevate Festival (AT) <https://elevate.at/en/>, Lighthouse
(UK) <https://www.lighthouse.org.uk/>, Ina GRM (FR) <https://inagrm.com/fr>
, Kontejner (HR) <https://www.kontejner.org/en/>, Landmark / Bergen
Kunsthall (NO) <https://www.kunsthall.no/>, A4 (SK)
<https://nextfestival.sk/2020/>, Disruption Network Lab (DE)
<https://www.disruptionlab.org/> and Ràdio Web MACBA (ES)
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