Tracing Dystopian Dialogues, 2018
The sound composition ‘Tracing Dystopian Dialogues’ is a collaboration between the artist Ines Lechleitner and the curator Tuçe Erel. It is based on interviews conducted in June, 2018 in Istanbul around the notion of dystopia and utopia. During the interviews Lechleitner, who does not speak Turkish, created a visual code for each voice. Based on these recordings in Turkish Lechleitner and Erel compose a sound work following the voice’s intonation, melody and its physical agency as well as its content.
The final piece reflects the subject matter not as a collection of stories but as fragmented flow of meaning and situations that cannot be patched together other than by their musical qualities and the composition itself. During the talks, Lechleitner and Erel asked about the interview partners’ personal background, their relation to Istanbul and the neighborhood. After these introductory questions people explained what the concept of utopia or dystopia could mean to them personally and how it reflects on the urban scale. The piece plays with the negation of narration as an expression of self-censorship, a daily experience for many of the people interviewed. ‘Tracing Dystopian Dialogues’ was co-produced by ‘Dystopia’ – sound art festival Berlin-Istanbul and shown as an installation during the festival this September in Berlin.
Das kalte Brodeln, 2016
‘Das kalte Brodeln’ is a musical noise improvisation by Ines Lechleitner and the voice artist Alessandra Eramo.
It is part of the project ‘Das Rhein Rauschen’ in Basel and based on images and sounds of the River Rhein’s water surface – the speed, the reflexions of light, the ripple as a surface dance, the exchange of water and air and the buoyancy of the river. Link: http://www.ineslechleitner.com/works/rhein-rauschen.html
‘Semi-Wild’ is the first element of a new collaboration between the artist and the multispecies ethnographer Juno Parreñas from the University of Ohio.
Starting point for their exchange is Lechleitner’s photographic and video work in a Sumatran national parc and rehabilitation center for orang-utans from 2005 and Parreñas’ research and publications to a related institution.