You are cordially invited to the Artist Talk of Mirjam Kroker, „The Intelligent Ear“. Friday 1 February at 20.00 (doors open at 19.30), Admiraal de Ruyterweg 181 Amsterdam. At CULTURELAND, https://cultureland.nl/
(experimental artistic research based on field recordings in Amsterdam and around Starnmeer regarding the theme “The End of Nature As We Know It” proposed by Cultureland https://cultureland.nl/ )
Thinking like a mountain, can be understood as a metaphorical starting point of an experimental research, in which I try to listen to the tuning of the world (*1) and even more than this try to tune myself into the world (*2) as an exercise or attempt to shift perspectives of how we try to understand the world, and within it concepts like “nature” and how we connect to it accordingly. In other words, a proposal to put yourself in other ways of becoming via an auditory experience.
Sound as research tool is maybe not the first medium to think of, when it comes to artistic research, even though widely used by artists in form of sound drawings etc. Here I try to focus on the aspect of how we can use it to generate information and gain new prepositions.
The question addressed in the theme „the end of nature as we know it” does not seem to assume that nature would come to an end but rather the way we understand it is put into question.
Visual art often tries to display the world we live in, but it becomes interesting when we try to go beyond the display-situation. Images refer to “a repertoire of signs in a priori systems which are, in principle, codified. This codified nature of images becomes obvious when it comes to digital images, pixels and algorithms in machine language.”1 Maybe the poor resolution of an image can unsettle the image from its totalizing understanding and open up different possibilities to listen to the image as well!
Here sound comes in; because it can allow us to focus on a different experience, sound is something difficult to look at from a distance because it goes all the way through our bodies, so actually it engages us willingly or unwillingly in specific contexts in certain expansions of time.
There is this saying “seeing is believing”, but what about hearing? Nowadays at least in the western hemisphere we are very much influenced by an image based way of thinking and knowing. What happened to our capacities of an auditory thinking or being?
How can we invent auditory narratives? Listening leads not only to a different sensory experience of the everyday but I would say also influences our engagement and perceptions, “a manifestation of an approach to the planetary condition,”2 and the universe as our library.
The question is now how will you listen to the sound to decodify its nature, by listening as reading or listening as listening?
Trust your ear, turn on, tune in, shut down.
(*1) A term coined by Murray Schafer
(*2) A term coined by Salomé Voegelin
1Kroker, Mirjam : 2017: Music As Organisatori al Principle, in: DOCUMNT Nr. 1, a publication of a hybrid magazine/theory journal/artist book, founded & published by M. Arnold & A. Lippert.