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SITUATED SOUNDS IV: EULOGIES
NOVEMBER 13, 2021 @ 8PM ET
(prerecorded webcast | runtime 60 minutes)
SUGGESTED $25 or PAY WHAT YOU WANT

CURATED BY KRISTINA GUISON & MEHRNAZ ROHBAKHSH

Situated Sounds opens its 2nd season with Situated Sounds IV: Eulogies, inviting artists to respond by contemplating on Eulogies and their vast connections to memory, pasts, laments, celebrations, completions, and endings, as preludes to new trajectories.

ABOUT SITUATED SOUNDS

Situated Sounds is a series of curated performances of sound art through an online platform that will present commissioned new work from a combination of established and emerging artists, both local and international, from various disciplines as they respond to themes in relation to sound. Situated Sounds will take place as two performances throughout the 2021-2022 performance season.

FEATURED ARTISTS

Healer Oran (Johannesburg)

Andrei van Wyk aka Healer Oran is a Johannesburg-based composer, musician and sound artist who has worked in the mediums of dance, film, performance and sound installation. He is currently an MA student in History at Rhodes University focusing on soundscapes, sonic history and dispossession in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

He is also a member of Johannesburg based experimental film production company News From Home alongside artists Simon Gush and Victoria Wigzell.

His most recent compositional work includes a score for ‘Ghost Dimensions’ for Glasgow-based dance company Project X (2019), a musical score and sound design for ‘Land is in the Air’ (2019) and ‘S.G., 59 Joubert Street, Johannesburg’ (2020) by artist Simon Gush , ‘Sounding the Land’ at the Virtual National Arts Festival (2020) and ‘Waiting in a Platinum City’ by Joseph Mujere (2021). He was also an editor for ‘Johannesburg Lasts’, a special issue of Ellipses Journal for Creative Research (2021).

He is also a member experimental jazz group The Wretched, alongside drummer Tumi Mogorosi and singer Gabisile Motuba, who released their self-titled debut album with Berlin-based SAVVY records in 2020 and were included in the 2021 compilation ‘Indaba Is…’ released by UK-based Brownswood Recordings. 

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Monica Hapsari (Jakarta)

Monica Hapsari is a Jakarta-based visual artist, illustrator and a self-taught sound – vocal explorer. She learn various traditional spiritual practices as a learning process for her life, combine it and interpreted it with her visual art and sound works. She had join events such as Nusasonic Radio #4 : Quiet Riot 2021 (Nusasonic is a multi-year project collaboratively created by Yes No Klub (Jogjakarta), WSK Festival of the Recently Possible (Manila), Playfreely / Black Kaji (Singapore) and CTM Festival for Adventurous Music & Art (Berlin), “Thoughts and Ideas” Vol. 2 Radio Show, 2021, Mutant Radio Tbilisi, Georgia curated by Que Sakamoto, Sacred Rhythm Reborn Unison Festival 2020 and exhibited her humming work in H.A.H. Project with OmniSpace at Zeitraumexit, Mannhein, Germany, 2021.

Most of her visual works and sound project talks about the journey within, to her inner Self, the macro cosmos as a projection of the micro cosmos.

Her multi-disciplinary fields of art make her has many point of view. From visual art, to music, frequencies, to performance art. Most of her sound works are focusing on frequencies, the imperfection of vocal cord and its effect towards human primordial sense and psychological area. She respected imperfection and failure the most and treats song not as a tool of beauty and perfection, but for an on-progress trial and error exploration for her to respect the playful kindred spirit of human.

A celebration of human imperfection. 

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Simon Whetham (Bristol)

Since 2005 I have developed a practice of working with sonic activity as a material for creation. I often use environmental sound, employing a variety of methods and techniques in order to obtain often unnoticed and obscured sonic phenomena. When developing a performance or installation, the space and the objects within are considered and included. My artistic investigations have allowed me to work increasingly in multi-disciplinary projects, leading my work to become more visual and tangible. I also explore ways of creating physical traces of sound and transforming energy forms.

Commissions and awards
I perform and exhibit internationally, participating in Fresh Winds Biennale 2018 & 2016 (IS), Nakanojo Biennale 2017 (JP), ACC Showcase 2018 (KR), Tsonami Festival 2017 & 2012 (CL), Madeiradig 2010 & 2011 (PT) and Moers Festival 2011 (DE), and have composed works published through labels including Mappa (SK), Crónica (PT) and Line (USA). In 2020 I received the Arts Council England emergency grant, in 2017 the British Council supported my participation in the Tsonami Festival, Chile, and twice I received the Grant for the Arts from the Arts Council England, to attend the Mamori Sound Project, Amazon rainforest, Brazil, 2007; and to organise the cultural exchange project ‘Active Crossover’ in 2009. Also supported by PRS for Music Foundation in 2011, it has since been hosted in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Germany, Norway and Australia, and most recently by MoKS, Estonia in 2015, supported by the Artists International Development Grant from the British Council and Arts Council England.

My practice also covers giving active listening and field recording workshops internationally. This includes workshops for children and young people, which began in Medellín, Colombia in 2013, and has led to larger projects in Norway and Australia, and with unaccompanied minors in a refugee camp in Munich, Germany in 2014. 

Sublingual Submachines (Manila)

SUBLINGUA, SUBMACHINES is an audio-visual experimental laboratory of artists Ivan and Pauline Despi. Pauline’s time-based works and installations involve synthesising per-cussive and industrial sounds with moving imagery. Often isolating layers of her videos and scattering elements in a space; she expands the dimensions upon which images can be viewed and experienced to create her brand of unique narrative fiction. Ivan has a max-imalist drawing style which manifests in his video works and his line art reflects a heavy comic book influence and appreciation for Filipino pop culture. He has created music videos for Up Dharma Down, Radioactive Sago Project, Queso and Californian DJ, Bass-nectar. Their exhibitions include Glass Feathers, Music for the Impaired at the 2013 Art Fair Philippines and Babel which screened in Kuala Lumpur, London and New York. 

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