KIMA: The Wave residency at Fondation L'Abri, Geneva




During the two nights, November 10 and 11, 2017, I performed new sound poem The Wave at L'Abri in Geneva. The poetry has been inspired by the history of the space itself. Having been built as a WWI bunker, with its thick concrete walls designed to temporarily host and preserve life, it leaves an impression of darkness, separation from the world, but at the same time of a womb-like safety.

I was intending to create a poem about the emergence of language through sound, dwelling on sonic qualities of the words, the juxtaposition between the vowels and consonants, and their interplay. The Wave was born very much out of the experience of the space itself. It starts as a legible flow of narrative, turning into an invocation and exploding in a free-flowing stream of vocalised sounds.

Entering L’Abri space I feel I am entering a Egyptian tomb, in which life can be preserved and transformed … through sound. Certain themes within the poem could not be avoided, they came through me, as the space intended: war and peace as mental conditions, human and planetary time, language and its history. I have realised once again that it is impossible to be detached from what the space dictates, the only way is to work with it and to sing it. Calligraphic drawing ‘The Wave’ serves a graphic score to the performance and a visual interpretation of the idea of continuous sound waves in space.




The Wave


1
Along shimmering rim
Slow
Beginningless
Streams
Wind
Of no lineage
Illimitable
Terrible
Brilliant
Realms
Seeming
Meaningless
To one another
Freely
Join seams
Delicately
Spill over
Unthinkable
Flimsy being
Wheels in
We are in!


2
Not War or Peace
War and People
World and Tears
Creases
Bruises
Marks of Truth
Bodies
Slashed
Wooshed
Blasted
Into less than dust
Accelerated
Towards stars
Fear End Not
Death Row
Or an accident
After a mental battle
Sour
Unsettled


3
Ancient peace
At last
Whisper
Whistle
Into both ears
Through pores
In the bones
Reverberate jaws
Both ends
Of the desert
Curve
Towards
The Sun
Crackles
Snaps
Splits
Every Rock
Is Tuned
Precisely
Ruthlessly
Rhythmically
Blow by blow
Borrowed
Trapped
Broken
Wind
Hammered
Since Dawns
Alone


4
Re-turning
Over-turning
Yearning
Be-long
Be-still
Nil
Sing
Beat
The Earth
Hollow Core
Re-member
Birth
Through
Moans
Rolling
Bird Tongues
Sing with them
En Trance
En Chant
Senseless
Sentences
Resembling
Facets of
Parents Faces
Glaciers
Leaking
Like
Ice-cream
Degrees
Out of Control
Old creatures
Sealed
Concealed
Consoled
In songs
On rocks
Survive
Strive
Dry DNA
Erased from
OINK GO GO GO HO
LOWER


Records
Rise to stay alive
Stand to stay alive
Scream to stay alive
Pages of books
Fuel Rockets
Retrogrades
Radio
Rain
Rumble
Assail
Ominous
News


Before entering corridor


5
Last Prayer
Before Raiding
Remote Galaxy
Warning
We are about
To take over
Radically
Race for Race
Resurrect
Reason
Discard
Grace
Hide in
The Ripples
Of Radiance


In the corridor


Ricochet
Rupture
Irregular
Air
Eeeeeeeeeeee
Ээээээээээээээ
Aaaaaaaaaaauuuuuuu
Aaaaaaaaauuuuuuuuu
(gasp)


in the 2nd space
6
Let
Hail
Exhaust
Elevate
In Hale
Heaven
Here
Yeahhhhhhs
Heaven
Here
Yeah
He
E
Hehehehehehehe Yeah
Ehahehahehah
(fast to slow)
AOU
AOUUUUUUUUU
Whom
Who?
Whoooooo
Who!
Who
Who?


7
We are one mountain
We are one woman
We are one water
We are one wave
We are of one name


Womb is ear
Womb is ear
Womb is ear
Womb is ear


Hear it shaking
Hear it quaking
Hear it kicking
(click sounds)


We are human
HuMan
Mama
Mammal
Mummmmmmalllll
Muuuuuuuuu


(overtones)
8


AAAH


AAAAHHH
HAAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHHAAAAAA


OOH
OOHING
HONGI
Hoping
HOPPING
IKON
INK
KI
NO
KAIN
OHAIO
HOLING
HOLDING
HOWL
LINGO
LONG
LOIN
OIL
HOLY
HOLLOW
LOW
OWL
OW
OWN
WWWWW
VOW
WWWWW


UUUH
(overtones)
U
Ü
Ū


EEEH


(slide down)
END
FATE
ER
EEEEE
EEEEERRRRR
VERRRRR
NEEEE
VEEERR
ERRRRORRR
EVA (slide up)
REEEEEREEREERERE
ERRRRRRERRRR
IIIH (high pitch)

END


With Analema Group we have completed our one year residency, which started with visiting the space of L'Abri, researching it's history and immersing ourselves into its walls, rooms and corridors, and was finalised during three day installation. Our setup included an immersive sound design, interactive sound and visual elements, which allowed the audience to actively participate in bringing the space alive through sound and vision. We did experience resonance with the space, through our own projection of sound and space projecting its vibration back at us.






More about the exhibition at www.analemagroup.com

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