Rituals for Situated Sonic Reverence
For the Terra Libera project (2023 – 2024)
Terra Libera is a large-scale project at Rijksmuseum Twenthe underscoring transhistorical and associative engagement with land in the East Netherlands, examining how people have exploited the land economically from a Christian, anthropocentric perspective and, in so doing, created new problems for themselves and their environment. Drawing on the relational entanglements between land, environment, and sound, the artistic research contribution Landing: Rituals for Situated Sonic Reverence for Terra Libera develops a participatory artistic position led by extensive auto-ethnographic fieldwork in the region. The artwork is manifold in dissemination through an exhibition, publications, public interventions, listening walks, app development, and performances. The contribution asks the question: How is it possible to unpack the complex and evolving relationship between site, environment, and sound, and how this complex relationship unfolds in the specific location of Enschede, Overijssel, greater Twente region, and the East Netherlands? The artwork is developed through environmental sounds and ephemera gathered by context-aware field recording and situated listening, psychogeographic drifting, and situated writing as methodologies to investigate the project themes through an intersubjective and reciprocal engagement with the region.
ArtEZ, The Netherlands