Pressemitteilung vom 15.10.2019

Afro-Sonic Mapping: Tracing Aural Histories via Sonic Transmigrations

Afro-Sonic Mapping | Kanon-Fragen

Exhibition, concert, talks, performances
Nov 1–17, 2019
Opening Oct 31, 2019, 8pm in the lobby of HKW
Press tour: Oct 31, 2019, 5pm in conjunction with Spectral-White. The Appearance of Colonial-Era Europeans

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The artist and musician Satch Hoyt takes music recordings from Angola and the Congo made by European anthropologists between 1890 and 1907 as the starting point for his project Afro-Sonic Mapping. He perceives them as acoustic maps of history. Hoyt takes them back to their places of origin and traces the sounds of the African diaspora as far as today’s music scenes in the African lusophone triangle between Luanda, Salvador da Bahia and Lisbon. Together with musicians from the post-colonial cities, he searches for links to contemporary urban rhythms and creates new compositions.

How did post-colonial appropriations and transatlantic transfer processes become inscribed in contemporary rhythms? What sonic affinities are there between Dakar and New Orleans, Lagos and Kingston? At HKW Satch Hoyt presents the many collaborations and results of his research travels in talks, sound performances, a concert and an exhibition of video interviews, sound compositions and paintings that can be read as musical scores.

He began his research for Afro-Sonic Mapping in 2016 and documents them on the blog of the same name: (in English)

Satch Hoyt is a visual artist and musician living in Berlin. His projects are related to the transnational African diaspora and revolve around the cultural and political role of sonicity. By combining music, art and historical narrative, he has developed a complex of works that explore what he calls the “migration of the eternal African sonic signifier.”

Program highlights
Oct 31, 8.30pm Sound Performance Procession with Fuasi Abdul-Khaliq, Daniel “El Congo” Allen, Geoffroy de Masure, Stéphane Gaultier, Regis “KinRe” Molina, Lulendo M’paxa, Suyá Nascimento, Christina Wheeler and Satch Hoyt
Nov 1, 6pm Talks with Satch Hoyt, Jihan El-Tahri and Kiluanji Kia Henda; 8pm Lecture by Greg Tate
Nov 1, 9pm Opening concert with Celo Dut, Kiluanji Kia Henda, MC Khris, Suyá Nascimento, Teddy N’singi, Sacerdote and Satch Hoyt
Nov 17, 6pm Lectures by Rui Vieira Nery and Fred Moten, 9pm Sound Performance Latitude
All events in English, free admission

Curated by Paz Guevara

Part of Kanon-Fragen, supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media due to a ruling of the German Bundestag
Haus der Kulturen der Welt is supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as well as by the Federal Foreign Office.

Supported by Deutschlandfunk Kultur

Press contact
Anne Maier
Head of Press
Haus der Kulturen der Welt
+49 30 39787 153/196