The exhibition presents three contemporary artistic positions dealing with historical documents in the African context.While approaching documentation as a performative, collaborative and reflective exploration of the real, the participating artists simultaneously deliver critical re-interpretations of dissonant pasts.
Re-visiting the Paul Bowles collection of Moroccan traditional music from 1959, Zouheir Atbane and Gilles Aubry travelled across Morocco in order to meet local musicians and discuss with them the significance of the Bowles recordings. Their installation “and who sees the mystery” combines some of their research documents into an archive of auditory practices, attesting for various traditional, colonial and artistic modes of listening.
In “Swapokmund”, Youssef Tabti presents the result of his exploration of the German colonial past in Namibia. For “A Long March through unknown places”, his opted for a mode of artistic exploration of Northern-African desertic regions, inspired by the situationist “dérive”. His installation present photographs from a 1069 km long walk across Algeria, Tunesia and Lybia, emphasizing on the non-documentary nature of his recordings, which are reduced to abstract traces.
Corsin Fontana presents some of his visual art works from the 1970's, as well as a selection of Northern-African music K7's from his private collection, which were gathered in the course of his repeated travels in the region during the same years. Based on natural and organic materials and techniques like sunlight exposure, hot iron printing and pig bladder skin, Fontana's works reveal the temporalities of material fixation and decaying, echoing thus the materiality and ephemerality of ethnographic artifacts.
The exhibition also include a parallel program of live performances, presentations and radio-stream with Mdou Moctar, Corsin & Michael Fontana , Alberto Rainolter, Gilles Aubry & Robert Millis.
+ prop&lean + Getting Any (Acc-Ess) Rave All Styles
4.12.2014 / 20:30 Hisham Mayet (Sublime Frequencies)
Musical Brotherhoods From The Trans-Saharan Highway
(Film Screening & DJ Set)
10.01.2015 / 20:30 Concert by Gilles Aubry (Earpolitics) & Robert Millis (Sublime Frequencies) “Jewel of the Ear”