SOUND AS ILLUSTRATION
Thanee Rene Andino Meija is project leader of the research in Sound as Illustration since October 2021. The sound project is an integral part of the artistic research project Illuminating the Non-Representable. The material will be presented as experiments of sounds in different formats. exploring soundscapes (Aburawis, & Dokmeci Yorukoglu 2018), soundwalking (Behrendt 2018, Thulin, 2019), embodied sound (LaBelle, B. 2018) (McCartney, 2016), timbre, making sound installations (Larsson, J. 2018), podcast etc.
October 9-11, 2020 Bergen:
The first sound as illustration project was made by Fredrik Rysjedal in 2020, exhibited as a sound installation open for the general public at Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design with the title HOW LONG DID YOU STAY IN THE WATER? This sound installation was created from wave algorithms provided by researcher Ana Carrasco at the Norwegian Meteorological Institute in Oslo. Fredrik Rysjedal and Arthur Hureau transposed the data into a composition that lasted three hours; the same timeframe as the event it described: The sinking of the prisoner's ship Palatia on October 21rst 1942.
October 16-17, 2020 Bergen:
Symposium 1 Sound/music related presentations:
About the making of
HOW LONG DID YOU STAY IN THE WATER
What Is a Wave?
On waves in the air, the earth and collecting wave data the ocean.
Dániel Péter Bíro
Movement of History
Transpositions of Spirit
The Soundscape of Istanbul
October 19-20, 2021 Bergen
Symposium 2 Materiality, Space and Embodiment:
Illuminating the Non-Representable
October 30th, 2021 Bergen
Based in the same research material, the experimental illustration performance MUSIC FROM SIBERIA uses voice, gestures, mark-making, visual material and sound to illuminate the ethical challenges we experienced in this project. Who should be in the image? What voices should be heard? Are there stories that deserve to be told, despite the sensitive information embedded? This artistic work was performed by Thanee Andino and Hilde Kramer at Tårnsalen, at University Museum.
November 2021, Bergen
Releasing the first three illustrator interviews that function as a reference for sound experimentations.
December 2021/ January 2022, Momarken
Thanee Andino recording at the quarry, the horse track museum and the "Russian" steps.
July 2022, Momarken
The project is now at a stage of wrapping up archive research, interviews etc. Working with sound experiments such as sound walk, podcast, foley sound and leitmotif, we envision to be able to communicate the fascinating and unique history, almost forgotten 80 years after these events. The work is estimated to be concluded and presented by autumn 2023. Andino and Kramer creating an archive of sounds related to the quarry in order to test out Foley sound effects.
August 2022, Momarken/Bergen
One of the topics that has been much dsicussed in the project is the question for whom is the project important? What audience would we like to reach? All along the intention has been to reach a young audience (age group 15-19).
Historically, artists and designers have been influenced by and early adaptors of technology (Embury and Minichiello 4 2018).
Finding a mediation style that would address such an audience was what we pondered; would podcast actually be the right choice? Would not a sound walk better engage an audience; walking and listening in the same area as the story unfolds in? In June a meeting was held between Indre Østfold municipality and the project group. A regional Democracy Center is planned for the local fortress. Working with the same values; addressing otherness, extremism and societal challenges, we saw the possibility of a closer cooperation. In August a cooperation is initated with the local secondary school, Mysen Videregående skole, to cocreate a soundwalk that goes from Monaryggen to Momarken. In spring a massive historic research has been more or less concluded, with visits to Riksarkivet, Jernbanemuseet and archives in Norway and abroad. The summer has been spent sorting this material. Project leader Andino is now structuring the material into 17 stations that together create a narrative that includes Soviet forced laborers, time witnesses remembering the Nazi-German attack at the fortress, people incarcerated, the prisoner baraques etc.
What is neccesary now is to make bundles of material that the pupils at the media department of the secondary school can transform into stations that will constitute the soundwalk.
Tore Lund, Cand. philol and historian and previous teacher at the school will continue to follow the process. Since texts in various forms become crucial in the new development, former Head of Education at Norsk Barnebokinstitutt, Dag Larsen takes the role as editor. It is necessary to hire an advisor for the development of the leitmotif parts. Thanee Andino continues as project leader. But the new development requires prolonging the project leader role.
Update October 2022: The geo-location audio walk was planned as a in cooperation with the local media classes at Mysen Videregårende Skole and Indre Østfold kommune.
Due to the teacher strike in August and September, the project had been delayed and is now in a stage of regrouping.
November 2022, Momarken/Oslo/Bergen
Recordings of sound environments of the area at Momarken, as well as material for an ongoing sound illustration dedicated to the sculptor Ervin Løffler, who came as a displaced person to Momarken in 1947 and became a renowned artist.