Sounds of Mobility 10.11.2016 – 26.06.2017
Curated by Dr. Eckehard Pistrick
From November 2016 to June 2017, bi’bakaudio will be curated by the ethnomusicologist, Dr. Eckehard Pistrick, with a focus on the interface of music, migration and identity. The program invites you to listen to the musical traces of migratory walks together with musicians, activists, sound artists, and scholars and to explore the sound of transcultural life forms. How do experiences of displacement, social loss and nostalgia translate into sound? In what way do sound events and silence comment on the tension between absence and presence? To what extent does musical creativity represent a processing strategy for migration trauma? In what way do sound environments correspond to the idea of transculturalism? What role can sounds play in the cultural mediation process between “home” and “diaspora”? To what extent does human mobility generate artistic creativity and what subversive potential is involved in it?
Eckehard Pistrick has been researching and teaching as an ethnomusicologist at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg since 2009on the themes of Music and Migration. He also works as a journalist, curator, concert manager, and film director. In 2015 he published the monograph Performing Nostalgia- Migration Culture and Creativity in South Albania (Ashgate, 2015) and in 2016 he was involved in the content development of the Albanian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
Commissioned by QM Soldiner Strasse and funded by Germany and the state of Berlin in the framework of Zukunftsinitiative Stadtteil, Program Soziale Stadt.