– composing culturally sustainable collectives through movement and sound
What is a collective? What do I mean by sound collectives? By cultural sustainability?
Welcome to a conceptual framework in progress.
Movement, sound and people – a transnordic dialogue in progressNovember 2015-At the seminar The Role of Culture in a Sustainable Society – Sustainability in Art and Cultural Projects, composer Casper Hernández Cordes did a workshop, and choreographer Kenneth Flak had the role of reflecting on the workshop. This started a really interesting discussion, that we would like to continue, this time in a ‘plugged’, online version, for […]
Non-verbal cacophonia in the NorthJune 2015-As for Jamie, it seems he has two possible faces. He has a neutral, expressionless face, that he puts on, when he is somehow taken aback (which seems to take a lot). The other – which he puts on here – is this shrewd fox-like smile, which is saying something along the lines: “I know […]
The un-toast – or how “the social stomach” can save humanityJune 2015-Doran brings out a toast for Tommen, to which Ellaria gloomily reacts by emptying her glass on the floor, sending a defying look to Jamie Lannister, creating in the teenage lovers, Myrcella and Trystane, one of these wtf--the-adults-are-SO-embarrassing moments.
The non-verbal element is of course very strong here, very brutal, very simple, and completely on the symbolic level. Drinking together means: we are in on this together. Refusing to drink is a very strong protest reaction.
How can sound help us building our collectives?December 2014-Gestures with our faces, bodies and voices are all intertwined channels of communication, and it makes a lot of sense to regard them in a holistic way. For a moment, however, let's look at what happens in the interactions we have through sound alone. And how this affects our capacity for building sustainable collectives.
We need tools for building sustainable collectivesNovember 2014-Building a collective is about listening to the other, about trying to understand the other's world, and try to find a ground for building a new common world. We usually do this through words. This is smart when we talk with people that we are already agreeing with. But what about those with whom we disagree?
Can social media help us build our collectives?November 2014-Can the social media help us build and sustain our collectives? No. The way we have chosen to design our social media, they are good at serving commercial purposes. Therefore they are build on linear thinking, and their consequence is digital autism. Our social media fail to help us build culturally sustainable collectives. Still, we do not have to resort to a blatant techno-defeatism. Technology is driven by cultural forces, and cultural forces, that's you and I!
What makes us a collective?November 2014-The current discourse around sustainability has a tendency to focus on either the level of the individual or "society" as a whole. We need to take into account the level of the collective. We need to understand the workings of our everyday life connections in larger and smaller circles and find ways to connect them in smarter and more sustainable ways.