Urban Songlines: Reterritorializing Public Space by Translating Buildings into Music

The tradition of Songlines, a system for navigating and connecting to their land among Australian Aborigines, can be translated to mapping urban space by creating music from its topography, initiating a discussion on how we use and experience the public domain and to what degree we can claim ownership over it. In this project I translate buildings, sites, and objects in public space into music, working site-specifically with architects, designers, dancers, musicians, and choreographers to rethink our relationship to the city. The “Urban Songlines” created are given away to DJs for free, allowing these places, transposed in space and time through sampling, to be shared and (re)experienced.

Silent Buzz of the Schizzes: The Research Unit as a Sonic Desiring-Machine (sound work)

Silent Buzz of the Schizzes: The Research Unit as a Sonic Desiring-Machine (2015) is a sound installation that explores sonic registers, flows, codes, and interruptions of silent sounds in the realm of academic research and the hallways of Helsinki Collegium of Advanced Studies. At the current time of crisis for universities (considering funding, etc.), the increasing demand for spectacular, efficient, and pretentious performances has entered researchers’ rooms. This sound installation investigates the potential counter-power to this demand in terms of the Deleuze-Guattarian concept of the “desiring-machine.” Both the recorded sounds and the treatment of them aim to embody the idea of a research collective as a particular system of interruptions.