2017, Sat, Sep 16

Sonic Interpretations

With Sair Sinan Kestelli

The human and the machine participate equally in creating ever-shifting railway soundscapes. These soundscapes can disclose sonic interpretations of motion, histories, and landscapes. As they dissolve into a musical composition, listeners are invited to create their own intimate imagery, visual forms, and narratives.


Sair Sinan Kestelli
Poles Re-Mediated
Electronic Music

The civil population in Turkey, which has been exposed to intense polarization for many years, has spoken out loudly since the Gezi Park protests in 2013 and the coup attempt in 2016 deepened the situation under state-of-emergency conditions. Poles Re-Mediated takes the dynamics of polarization and the hierarchical structures beneath it as its starting point. While the tracks of the Berlin–Baghdad and Hijaz railways are explored from their historical, sociological, as well as political perspectives, components of a musical performance are also incorporated into the work as “poles.” Challenging the typical audience/performer setting and space, the event will act as a mediator between a sonic interpretation of the Berlin–Baghdad and Hijaz railways and its signification by the participants.

Part of After the Wildly Improbable, curated by Adania Shibli