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Shell Shock

Shell Shock

Commissioned Sound Installation

As part of the Shell Shock programme at Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam, I created a commissioned interactive sound installation. Visitors can listen to stories of refugees by picking up old rotary telephones. These stories were recorded and provided by the BMP Foundation as part of the European refugees oral history project Specially Unknown.

 

 

For this installation several rotary telephones had to be mechanically modified and powered by Raspberry Pi’s. Every time a phone gets picked up, a random soundfile is triggered through a python script, so a different story can be heard through the handset.

 

 

Coinciding with the exhibition A Tale of Hidden Histories, Shell Shock provides a forum to the cinematic representation of violent conflicts and traumatic memories. It not only includes films but also socially engaged specials featuring talks, Q&As and performances. The programme focuses on such themes as memories and narrativity (Hannah Arendt), psychiatry (Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome) and the tales of Syrian refugees (storytelling).

Year

2019

Kind

Interactive Sound installation

In cooperation with

BMP foundation

Anna Abrahams

Ronald Simons

Job van Nuenen (Studio Beneden)

Location

EYE Filmmuseum, Amsterdam

Shell Shock’ programme (films, events, talks, exhibition), curated by Anna Abrahams & Ronald Simons

The supernormal – Artist-in-residence

The supernormal

Artist-in-residence

From september 2017 – february 2018, i have been working at NIAS (Netherlands Institute of Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences) as part of a fellowship offered by the KNAW and the Akademie van Kunsten. I worked on my upcoming project The supernormal, a more theoretical follow-up of my interdisciplinary art project De meeuwen van Tinbergen.

Besides doing more research on the effects of Niko Tinbergen’s concept of the supernormal stimulus on human behaviour in general,  I focused on the implications of this kind of scientific knowledge on art, art theory and art education.

The outcome of all research will hopefully be published in an illustrated book (by Jap Sam Books).

Year

2017–2018

Kind

Residency

Credits

This artist-in-residence was made possible by a grant offered by the Society of Arts of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

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