ITERATION # LISTENING: Imagine you are in a museum: What do you hear? By Bhavisha Panchia

© Bhavisha Panchia

Imagine you’re in a museum. What do you hear? is an audio collage that weaves together disparate musical tracks, extracts of interviews, speeches and audio notes as listening provocations that speak to the affective resonances of dislocation and dispossession of land, people and (im)material culture.

Can we listen to systems of colonial modernity and its extractive and accumulative logics? The museum speaks with a voice filled with the grain of a quiet authority; so do the institutions that care for fragile archives. How can we listen to the acoustic impossibilities of objects housed in these institutions? Whose voices are we listening to as we move through a museum? Whose voice do we hear when we encounter these objects and archives?  

Final mix: 344 Studios, Sudhir Misra


Listen here.


References:

Alain Resnais & Chris Marker - Les Statues Meurent Aussi (Statues Also Die), 1953

Lamin Fofana, Cosmic Injuries, 2019

Dahomey: Danse Devant le fetiche. Collector Phillipe Stern, Exposition coloniale de Paris, 1931 [174 disques]Recording date : May 1, 1931 - Nov. 30, 1931 © National Library of France

Chino Amobi/ NKISI EDIT, Paradiso, 2017

Speaker Music (DeForrest Brown, Jr.), Black Nationalist Sonic Weaponry, Super Predator, 2020

Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Tram 83. London: Jacaranda Books, 2016 

Healer Oran, Pine and Willow, 2020

Simon Gush, A Button without a Hole, 2020 (https://nationalartsfestival.co.za/show/sounding-the-land/)

L'Union de l'Afrique du sud : Exposition coloniale internationale, Paris 1931. Publisher: L. Danel

(Lille), Exposition coloniale,1931. (https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k6222408j)

Lamin Fofana, Sono, 2019

Tiago Correia-Paulo, Sound of Masks OST, O Som das Máscaras, 2018.

The Sound of Masks (2018). Directé by Sara de Gouveia - (http://www.thesoundofmasks.com/)

Dane Belany,  Complexium - After Aimé Césaire, 1975