The Latest News, for newspaper, transparent cartographic score and pulse oximeter

The Latest News, for newspaper, transparent cartographic score and pulse oximeter. 25.01.2019 Performs by ensemble recherché, at Morat-Institut für Kunst und Kunstwissenschaft Stiftung, Freiburg.

I used a small radio as a map for locating places through the sound of languages. It went inside a cold and quiet place within the transport container, which was taken by boat to a new destination across the Mediterranean Sea. This was the only way to cross the border, to flee the unpredictable war that has been created by the politics of the media.

News bombards our everyday lives, affecting the way we think and act. Mostly, it makes us feel unsafe where we live and creates unpleasant associations with certain things and specific places. The media instructs us to move from one place to another: to emigrate. In this way it draws a thought map that is controlled by political language and images.

The Latest News uses a speculative sound composition as an open form with which to rethink the politics of the news by way of a transparent map. The map, which represents city locations, has been altered into various shapes to create an open score. The musicians then integrate their heart pulses in real time with the transparent score while they watch the latest day’s news. Consequently, associations are changed and other points of focus of focus are created, allowing listeners to be liberated from the predominant meaning of the news.

(The Latest News commissioned by ensemble recherche in collaboration with the Swedish Art Grants Committee, international residency programme 2016-2018)

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