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HOW TO DO THINGS WITH SOUND at House of the world cultures / Thursday, 3.3.2022

Sonic fictions are everywhere: in conversations about vernacular culture, in music videos, sound art compositions, on record sleeves and in every single piece of writing about sound. Sonic fiction became a myth and a mantra, a keyword and a magical spell. Taking Holger Schulze’s book, Sonic Fiction, as a starting point, this evening on How to Do Things with Sound, invites the listeners on a journey into some of the most surprising sonic fictions of the last two centuries.

In 1998 music critic, DJ and video essayist Kodwo Eshun proposed the concept in his book More Brilliant Than The Sun: Adventures in Sonic Fiction, that inspired researchers, artists and scholars since then. Originally, he did so in order to explicate the connections between Afrofuturism and Techno, connecting them to Jazz, Breakbeat and Electronica.

Artist and scholar Ayesha Hameed discusses with Schulze the activism and heuristics inherent to sonic fictions, with a special focus on her artistic practice and his thought figures. Curator and scholar Giada Dalla Bontà brings to the table the sonic fictions within underground sound art of the late Soviet Union. Marcela Lucatelli, composer and performer, presents sonic fictions as part of a new performance and composition.

With Giada Dalla Bontà, Ayesha Hameed, Marcela Lucatelli and Holger Schulze, moderated by Pedro Oliveira


3.3.2022 | Doors: 19:00 CET | Start: 20:00 CET

Haus der Kulturen der Welt | John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10 | 10557 Berlin


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