[spectre] grey) (area . Critical Tourism (2): Underwater: Escaping (Sound) Pollution

Darko Fritz darko at darkofritz.net
Mon Jul 24 01:16:21 CEST 2017

grey) (area . Korcula

Critical Tourism (2): Underwater: Escaping (Sound) Pollution

Jul 26th 2017, 21 h
Knežev prolaz bb., old town, Korčula
part of the exhibition-in-progress Critical Tourism

authors: Annick Bureaud, Robertina Šebjanič, Manja Ristić, Fabienne Gambrelle, Anaïs Tondeur, Gabriel Grandry
curators: Annick Bureaud and Darko Fritz


The evening will be composed of two parts.

In the first one, Annick Bureaud and Robertina Šebjanič will reflect upon their joint residency at gray) (area. Annick Bureaud will provide, through some examples of artworks, a context of how we "inhabit" underwater worlds or make them uninhabitable through pollution and specifically sound pollution. Robertina Šebjanič will make a short presentation of her project Aurelia 1+Hz / proto viva sonification.

Aurelia 1+Hz is illuminating a phenomena of interspecies communication, sonification of the environment and the underwater acoustic / bioacoustics of jellyfish and its environment.

For over 500 hundred million years jellyfish have been pulsating in the world’s oceans and seas. Nowadays, amidst the immense environmental changes, their numbers are rapidly growing. Jellyfish are one of the rare organisms that seem perfectly suited for the Anthropocene era. The relationship between human and animal is a key to better understanding of natural environment. Humans have massive impact on other species and thus it is crucial to decode what they signal us and how they see us.

In the second part, story will be told and music will be played, addressing underwater (sound) pollution and alluding to the role of tourism in the negative impact on our environment.

The story of the Jellyfish and the Moon (written by Fabienne Gambrelle with illustrations by Anaïs Tondeur and Gabriel Grandry) will be told by Annick Bureaud, with music acompaniment by Robertina Šebjanič and Manja Ristić. Meant as a children book, the Jellyfish and the Moon is a contemporary tale of a jellyfish trying to avoid the (sound) pollution generated by tourism by escaping to the Moon where she dreams for a better world.

Robertina Šebjanič will follow by deploying Aquatocene in which the sound of the underwater pollution is at the core of the sound compositions. The subaquatic soundscape encourage us to reflect upon the anthropogenic sonic impact on the underwater habitat and marine life. The sound will be filled up also with Manja Ristič a violinist who plays the violin as an all-encompassing sound facility with a poetic sonic range of unconventional sound creation possibilities.

Projects and authors presented during the event:

Aurelia 1+Hz / proto viva sonification
by Robertina Šebjanič
The most substantial aims of Aurelia 1+Hz / proto viva sonification (production 2015) are to explore the phenomena of interspecies communication, sonification of the environment and the underwater acoustic / bioacoustics. An interactive performance features live transmitted sound generated by Aurelia Aurita – moon jellyfish and performer.
More info: http://robertina.net/aurelia-1hz-proto-viva-sonification

Aquatocene / The subaquatic quest for serenity
by Robertina Šebjanič
investigates the phenomenon of underwater noise pollution created by humankind in the seas and oceans. The sound compositions are a re-mix between the bioacoustics of marine life (shrimps, fish, sea urchins etc.), the aquatic acoustics and the presence of human generated noise in the world’s oceans and seas.
More info: http://robertina.net/aquatocene/

Jellyfish and the Moon
by Fabienne Gambrelle with illustrations by Anais Tondeur and Gabriel Grandry
told by Annick Bureaud
Jellyfish and the Moon recalls the story of a jellyfish who decided to leave her beloved water to move to the Moon to avoid the nuisances generated by tourism, hoping for a quiet place where, as the gravity of the Moon is low, she could "float around", almost like in the sea.

Violin Revealed - Alternative Guide to Violin's Sonic Life
by Manja Ristič
The project is a spontaneous outcome of 15 years long research covering fields of conceptual and experimental expression in instrumental performance. Ristić developed the system based on creative sonification of an instrument perceived as overall sound object and articulated through graphical notation of strokes, sounds and directions that is developed out of her personal improv style and experience. Notation consists of sonic, textural and improv forms technically elaborated and explained in order to be brought closer to composers, performers and professionals interested in crossing some barriers in instrumental performance.
More info: https://manjaristic.bandcamp.com/album/7-miniatures-for-violin-solo

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