Sound art: Stories of oceanic life

Listening across fault lines (3/3)

21:40 Minuten
Zu sehen sind sattgrüne Inseln im blauen Meer. Darüber verschiedenfarbige Streifen und die Zahl 3. Bay of Islands an der Insel Vanua Balavu, Teil der Inselgruppe Lau in Fidschi.
Bay of Islands an der Insel Vanua Balavu, Teil der Inselgruppe Lau in Fidschi. © Mere Nailatikau / Deutschlandradio
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• Sound Art • Listening reveals patterns, offering an opportunity to commune with our surroundings in the time of climate crisis. Sound art series with interviews and field recordings from the Pacific Islandst.
“Ever think about how you listen to other people and the world? Across the Pacific, listening is essential to life - holding communities and ecosystems together. Over many years, myself Mere Nailatikau, and my friends Amer Kanngieser and Eliki Reade, have asked elders about how they listen, and what they want the world to know. Join us as we listen across fault lines.”
“When we listen across fault lines we pay attention to the environments we live in, and are a part of. Pacific cultures have always seen people and ecosystems as interdependent, a relationship that European cultures have long separated, to the detriment of the earth and all who inhabit it. With this series we emphasize the importance of listening, really listening, to better understand how to care for each other. Wherever you are, we hope that you carry these words from Unaisi Nabobo-Baba, Teweiariki Teaero, Philip Tacom, Lydia Jacob and Simione Sevudredre with you.”
You can listen to all episodes of the sound art series here, either in the original English language or in a German translation.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 886365. It has also received funding through The Seed Box Environmental Humanities Collaboratory, and has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory board. It is supported by a collaboration with the University of Minnesota Humphrey School's public policy program.

Listening across fault lines (3/3)
Stories of oceanic life
By AM Kanngieser, Mere Nailatikau and Eliki Reade
Directed by the authors
With: Lydia Jacob, Unaisi Nabobo-Baba, Simione Sevudredre, Teweiariki Teaero, Philip Tacom and Mere Nailatikau
Field Recording: AM Kanngieser
Composition: Daniel Jenatsch
Production: Deutschlandfunk Kultur 2023
Length: 21‘10

AM Kanngieser is a writer, geographer and sound artist who focuses on the connections and relationships between people, places and ecologies. Over the past several years they have  amplified movements for self-determination in Oceania, where the legacies of ongoing colonisation through resource extraction and environmental racism intersect with the impacts of the climate crisis. Their audio work has been featured on, and commissioned by, Documenta 14 Radio, BBC 3, ABC Radio National, The Natural History Museum London, Arts Centre Melbourne, Radio del Museo Reina Sofía, Deutschland Radio and QAGOMA, amongst many others.

Eliki Reade is an Interdependent Producer and artist of kailoma-Fijian (Fijian/European) heritage with 6 years experience in creative production both independently and institutionally, particularly focused in the Community Art and Cultural Development (CACD) sector. Eliki works with many forms of storytelling and the ways it is creatively embodied, engaging with work that centres the practice, creating critical connection. They have produced and curated across Next Wave Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Emerging Writers Festival, Midsumma Festival, Due West Arts Festival, Arts House, Footscray Community Arts, Blak Dot Gallery, Wyndham City Cultural Centre, and SIGNAL.

Mere Nailatikau is a storyteller and independent consultant, working in research, communications and public diplomacy. Currently a Fulbright scholar at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Mere has worked in media, the creative arts, civil society and aid-funded organizations. Her writing has been published in the Commonwealth Writers Blog, Climate Tracker, Islands Business, DevPolicy and The Lowy Institute’s Interpreter. She co-founded the Two Fishes podcast, hosted and produced Season 2 of the World Bank-funded Vosa podcast, and continues to consult independently for a variety of creative and development organizations.

Daniel Jenatsch makes interdisciplinary works that explore the interstices between affect and information. His work combines hyper-detailed soundscapes, music and video to create multimedia documentaries, installations, radio pieces and performances. He is the winner of the 2020 John Fries award. His works have been presented in exhibitions and programs at ACMI, ACCA, UNSW, Arts House, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, the Athens Biennale, NextWave Festival, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Liquid Architecture Festival, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, and the MousonTurm, Frankfurt.

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