WHISPERINGS
Evironment
This sono-choreographic environment intersects the whisper, that speech-act at the limits of audibility, with the urgency of unheard (or at least under-represented) perspectives/ideas/stories. Each instantiation of this environment performs these critical whispers through various texts and instruments.
:: CIRCLE




Photo credits ©SCC
'Whisperings: Circle' is an intimate congregation of seven custom made horns that whisper seven texts, one on each day of the week. The whisperings ponder the etymological and astrological roots of the days of the week,


Part of '9days8nights', an exhibition that invited to inhabit instruments for poetic measurement of plural durations of being.


Indoor installation for the space ‘sign,CIAT’ of the Contemporary Institute for Art and Thought in Berlin, 30.8.2021-7.9.2021.


Commissioned by the Contemporary Institute for Art and Thought (CIA&T)
Funded by VG Bild-Kunst

:: WHISTLEBLOWERS

Photo credits ©SCC
In 'Whisperings: Whistleblowers' the atmospheric sensibility of electro-acoustic wind instruments is grounded as political voices are mixed into and amplified by the wind. At a time when whistleblowers expose the ways in which we are manipulated by invisible powers, these instruments transform uncomfortable revelations, warnings, and signals into sounds and chants, narrated by artificially generated voices.


Commissioned by the Dystopie sound art festival 2020, the environment was originally conceived as an outdoor sonic intervention for a public space in one of Berlin’s S-bahn stations, the work was subsequently installed in an indoor gallery space because requisite permissions could not be obtained for the public installation.

Commissioned by Dystopie sound art festival 2020

HOW MANY SLEEPS UNTIL TOMORROW?
Evironment

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This environment unfolds as series of coiled bedtime compositions, lullabies that invite the audience into sharing a gesture of sleep. Upon being somatically guided into positions of laying down, an audio-visual-textual concert which has been specifically designed for dome-projection fills the night time with stories and songs of planetary proportions that are each at once both lullaby and wake-up call.


As Covid19 practically cancelled all live-arts events in the spring of 2020, this chapter had to migrate into the disinfected online space and we adapted what was supposed to be a choreographed sleep with live music and projections into an interactive video work. Unable to share a place with our audiences, we broadcasted a shared time in the virtual space of the Vierte-Welt Theater in Berlin.

ROOM TUNINGS
Environment

Photo credits ©SCC
‘Room Tunings’ is a site-specific, time-based sono-choreographic environment in which a room is tuned to its own modes by measuring its acoustic resonance peaks. These measurements reveal peak frequencies, points in the sonic spectrum that are amplified by the room's architecture and dimensions, that when aggregated construct a site-specific musical mode. Within this mode, a specific number of hexachords are composed and played through a ring of site-specific instruments along the walls. This number corresponds to the duration of the environment such that in a sequence, one chord is played per day of the installation. Particular place as temporal experience


‘Room Tunings: sign CIAT’ was initially conceived for the inner room of the Contemporary Institute for Art and Thought in Berlin; the environment is transposable to other spaces under suitable conditions for design and installation.
Commissioned by the Contemporary Institute for Art and Thought (CIA&T)
Funded by VG Bild-Kunst

PLAYGROUND N
Playground
Playground N is an environment in which our family of custom-made electromagnetic and acoustic spin-tops are variously tuned and played to continuously hold a spin. Here sonified gravity and voice are spatialised, while a live-video feed closely observes the tactile and kinetic behaviors of the instruments and their instrumentalists. The resulting audio-visual-textual polyphony makes for a hybrid between a musical performance and lecture, that manifests both as a performance of the sono-choreographic process, and often also as an installation of the performance.
 :: HBK Braunschweig


Photo credits ©Timo Jaworr

Commissioned for the exhibition Height, Pace, Consistency at the Gallery of the  Braunschweig University of Art (HBK).
Funded by the HBK  and the Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur
:: HAW Hamburg

Photo credits ©SCC & klingt gut!
Commissioned by klingt gut! 2020/21 Symposium on Sound, at HAW Hamburg
:: Open Studio Berlin

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TEMPLURALITIES
Research
‘Templuralities’ is a long-term artistic research into cosmologies that offer alternatives to the linear-progressive model of time. Through a polysensorial practice of experiencing and knowing, this research proposes re-tuning our senses towards re-embodying time, for every-body keeps time.

‘Keeping’ time is both an act of scientific inquiry and artistic intimacy. This research proposes a triad of artistic-scientific things that hold and unfold time: instruments, myths and codes. Instruments - musical, scientific or those of the human body-mind itself; myths - aural and textual forms of stories that tell time; and codes - sacred-geometries and intelligent-algorithms from digital to occult. This time keeping triad calls into focus the ecological implications of temporal structures and therefore to our entangled relation with the environment. Responding to the extractive-exploitative bent of colonial thought that still motors modernity and its globalised malaise, Templurlities assert that acts of decolonisation are always also acts of environmental affirmation.

Initiated by the Sono-Choreographic Collective in 2020, the research unfolds through collaborative practices and shared presentations which we call Environments & Playgrounds.



PLAYING GROUNDS
Research

Photo credits ©SCC
To answer the issue’s provocation:what does decolonization look like in this age of hybridity?‘ this poly-modal essay offers glimpses into Scc’s transdisciplinary and cross- cultural artistic research processes by reaching into our desktops and drawers, our lab, kitchen and garden spaces.

This assemblage of text, sound, images and video is an expanding portrait of our still growing and spinning musical instruments.


Read here︎︎︎

Commissioned by herri magazine

INSTRUMENTALITIES
Research

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In this online-workshop, we share and contextualise some of the practices we have been developing over the last years of working stretched across continents and time zones, in our attempts to embody non-hegemonic time cosmologies. Participants are guided through a series of somatic-semantic spirals: orientation exercises practiced online, mediated by the affordances of screen, headphones, hands and paper.

These are woven with poetic-discursive reflections relating to musical instruments as bodily extensions and as research instruments, and to the possibilities of experiencing time differently by tuning into the body-mind as an instrument.






Commissioned  by the  Berlin Centre for Advanced Studies in Arts and Sciences (BAS) for the Conference: Secrets, Treasures, and Sharing – Forschen und Teilen?, University of the Arts Berlin



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