(Re)negotiating Space: A Polyphonic Audio Program (2023)
Single-channel video, stereo sound, 12 minutes
An audiovisual experience created in collaboration with Nathanael Amadou Kliebhan and Eddie Ade Akin and presented during the 2023 IRCAM Forum Workshops in Paris at the Centre Pompidou.
(Re)negotiating Space explores the dynamic qualities of sound to transcend cultural boundaries and colonial borders. Throughout history, Black people have created new modes of communication, evading while simultaneously being shaped by our shared histories of colonization and exploitation. This project aims to put the sonic consequences of this history in conversation – appreciating moments of both harmony and dissonance to highlight our trajectories of radical assemblage and resilience.
What are the sociocultural implications of sound? How can sound be employed in the movement towards collective liberation? What are the possibilities for a Black sonic lingua franca? Bridging a myriad of fragmented sounds, voices, and visuals, (re)negotiating space is a disembodied representation of the vibrant sonic nuances of the Black diaspora.