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                                                                     Audio installation view at Ecotones - Bodies in Tension at Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam (NL)

The work was shown at Nieuw Dakota Amsterdam (NL) in the group exhibition ‘Ecotones: Bodies in Tension’ in July 2020. The show was curated by Mariana Lanari.

Part of ‘Building an Archive of a Disappearing Landscape’

Thanks to Kees van Oers (KNAW), Montei Di Matteo, Miriam van Rijsingen, Paula Albuquerque and Mariana Lanari.

The Chase (2020)

In collaboration with composer Drake Stoughton. Audio installation 00.07.53 loop, artist publication

The Chase is an audio installation and publication, realised in collaboration with composer Drake Stoughton and with the help of Dr. Kees van Oers. The work evolves around the memories of some of the older villagers of Keyenberg (DE), a village which will soon be excavated due to the North-Rhine Westphalian lignite industry, which have been observing birds since their childhood years. They report the loss of the large variety of birds orchestrating in their gardens, a phenomenon which came to an abrupt end after their forced resettlement to ‘Neu-Keyenberg’, one of the newly built copy-villages replacing the original settlements. Due to the concrete nature of the new villages and the excavation of the nearby forests, the animals are now driven out of this landscape. The missing of natural, site-specific flora and fauna results in a feeling of missing the disappeared, a feeling coined as ‘solastalgia’ by the Australian philosopher Glenn Albrecht. Reason for exploring contemporary forms of this feeling in this landscape was the disappearing of Langendorf, the village in which Miriam’s grandfather was born, tearing a geographical hole into her own family history.

By recording birdsongs during dawn within the Hambacher Forst and by examining them together with ecologist Kees van Oers (KNAW), the work highlights the unique composition of birds present within this disappearing landscape. In collaboration with composer Drake Stoughton, a score was made, in which’s process the audio was matched with the right notes. The composer’s inability of keeping track with the birds represents the problem of archiving the natural, resulting in an auditive play (or chase) between the archived and the archiver. The publication displays the score or ‘catch’ resulting from this chase, representing an additional step of archiving; therefore further transforming the natural phenomenon in the process.


Artist publication ‘The Chase’ at Ecotones - Bodies in Tension at Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam (NL

Audio file the Chase. Please listen with headphones.

Artist publication ‘The Chase’ at Ecotones - Bodies in Tension at Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam (NL)

 Ecological bird registration inside ‘The Chase’ publication, analysed by Dr. Kees van Oers.