Thursday, 15.12.2016, at 8pm
With bi’bakaudio # 02 the curator Eckehard Pistrick invites Simone Merli, member of the Soundwalk Collective (New York) and the multi-media artist Barbara Klein to bi’bak.
We present a rare insight preview into a current project of the Soundwalk Collective: Exile. It is based on The Passenger, a multimedia soundscape project set between Tarifa and Tangier, built on the concept of a very narrow waterway that divides, and at the same time bonds together two worlds.
During the month of April 2011, based in Tangier in a house especially equipped with long-range antennas and scanners, the Soundwalk Collective recorded along the shores of the Strait of Gibraltar, over a range of 40 miles, an infinite variety of sound fragments through “sound fishing”. Barbara Klein compliments this sound diary with her filming and photography and reflects on the abstraction and stylization of migration events and the human existence in a no mans land.
Later in 2014, Stephan Crasneanscki – director of Soundwalk Collective – has returned to Tangier to record songs of sub-Saharan migrants, endlessly looping verses and chants that the wanderers sing as they walk for weeks towards Tangier, where they will await for an opportunity to be allowed into Europe.
Simone Merli is founding member of the New York based Soundwalk Collective, who consider themselves as sonic nomads and since 2000 have been working on an ambitious sonic mapping project of the world. With different artistic questions, they ventured into the Arabian Desert, the Black Sea and, finally, the rain forest of the Amazon, an expedition that culminated in an installation on New York’s Times Square in 2016.
Simone Merli is a founding member of the New York artist group Soundwalk Collective, which has been working as a “sound score” since 2000 on a sound survey of the world. With different artistic questions, they ventured into the Arabian Desert, the Black Sea and, finally, the rainforest of the Amazon, an expedition that culminated in an installation on New York’s Times Square in 2016.
Barbara Klein is a Berlin-based, Polish musician, videographer and photographer who is a specialist in music videography. Between 2011-2014 she worked as videographer and photographer with Techno-Guru Richie Hawtin, capturing his global tours in the form of tour diaries, event recaps and conceptual films. She has collaborated with the Soundwalk Collective for the “Passenger” project. She works also in the realm of sound design, conceptual design and press photography.
Im Auftrag des QM Soldiner Strasse gefördert durch die Bundesrepublik Deutschland und das Land Berlin im Rahmen der Zukunftsinitiative Stadtteil, Programm Soziale Stadt.