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bi'bakaudio #03

VOCAL LETTERS – SOUNDS OF GREEKS ACROSS THE ATLANTIC

Thursday, 09.02.2017, at 8pm

For bi’bakaudio #03 the curator Eckehard Pistrick invites Panos Panopoulos, a Greek sound anthropologist from Lesbos, to present his work Vocal Letters – Sounds of Greeks across the Atlantic about Greek migration.

A flea market in Athens. 19 home-recorded acetate records. An artist and an anthropologist. These are the protagonists of an adventurous Sound Archaeology. Artist Panos Charalambous and sound anthropologist/artist Panos Panopoulos discovered and listened to records of a Greek migrant in the USA, sending back home his sound postcards and vocal letters. This was the starting point for finding those places and people to which the sounds belong. A labyrinthine journey into the interconnection between sound and memory, which eventually led into the tiny village of Roino in the Peloponnese, where the artists found relatives of those who had received those vocal letters more than half a century ago. A rare listening experience with poetry, nostalgic clarinets and desperate lamentations – recalling the migrant condition.

Panos Panopoulos is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of the Aegean, Mytilini, Greece. He has been a Research Visiting Scholar at Princeton University and the University of California, Berkeley. He is a specialist in the anthropology of sound and performance. His ethnographic publications concern the symbolism of sound and hearing in modern Greece, notably on the sound symbolism of animal bells. He has extensively collaborated with Steven Feld and is the co-author of “Skyros Carnival” (2011). He is involved in several projects concerning the collaboration of anthropologists and artists (e.g. “Fonés”, 2011-2016) and he has also conducted research on the culture of the Deaf community in Greece.

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