CAN YOU SEE THE SOUND?

“This is my forest, get out of my forest!” the artist repetitively yelled at the people standing in the museum. Then he suddenly started to run in a circle around the museum-space, telling people to follow him; first inviting, then urging and finally aggressively commanding. As soon as people followed him, he turned around and ran the opposite direction. Again yelling at the people: “You are wrong! You do not belong here!” The performance reflected on the continuing dilemma of cultural differences; how simple actions can lead to misinterpretations. What do we expect from others? What difficulties do we experience ourselves in trying to avoid prejudices? What picture do we draw from what we know about other cultures? In fact, how do we interact and/or intervene with others, or do we even try to create relationships? The audience was invited to question own ways of thinking in where, when, why and how we valuate and classify people differently.

The live performance at the Kumasi Museum of Art, August 2009 happened in collaboration with some of Ghana’s local artists as part of the end-presentation and final event of the Kumasi Symposium.

INTERVENTION – project series 2009 in HD experimentations with performance and new media art
  • the project series results in an ARTIST BOOK of photographs, text and a Blu-Ray Disc with audio-visual installations
  • KUMASI PART THREE developed at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Ghana August 2009
  • live performance CAN YOU SEE THE SOUND? at the Kumasi Museum of Art August 2009
  • artistic documentation of Kumasi Symposium CURIO KIOSKS PROJECT August 2009
  • audio-visual installation GHANA CHILD adresses cultural differences and barriers
  • ÉVORA PART TWO developed during Media and Performing Arts Festival Portugal July 2009
  • SALZBURG PART ONE developed during residency at Subnet media art platform Austria May 2009
  • AIR format and use of experimental technologies discussion in a SUBNET-INTERVIEW May 2009

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