»Decolonial Frequencies Festival« opens on Sunday

On 19 September 2021, the »Decolonial Frequencies« Festival, curated by meLê yamomo, will open at the Theater Ballhaus Naunynstrasse.

Familiar sounds and terrifying noises. The fleeting fragments of remembered melodies, favorite songs, the noise in our home street. We live in our sound world, it gives us orientation, feeling, and energy. Subjective, intimate – and yet the acoustic perception is the result of history, of the colonial formation. What we understand as “music”, as “beautiful”, “harmonious”, “contemporary”, as “literary”, “relevant” or “true” is formed by a history of appreciation and depreciation of sounds, practices, and bodies. Our hearing, understanding, and sound creation were shaped in long frequencies, but stubbornness creates friction, waves of resistance, and echoes of solidarity. Can these clashing interferences register or yield sonic confrontations? Can changes in hearing, understanding, and appreciation be shaped?

»Decolonial Frequencies« is a series of events over the entire 2021/22 theatre season. More than 20 artists, black perspectives, queer approaches, Asian-diasporic occupations, post-migrant traditions, and voices of color, create numerous performances, lectures, and concerts in their constructed acoustic spaces – with critical amplitude, in gyrating oscillation, and in uncontrollable interference.

Sandeep Bhagwati‘s The Sound Of Misunderstanding – Dhvanivala‘s Sonic Explorations will kick off the series that will run throughout the theatre season 2021-2022.

The autumn edition of Decolonial Frequencies will feature Ariel William Orah and Bilawa Respati‘s Gaung – Unvorherbestimmte Resonanz and a piece I am creating with Eurico Ferreira Mathias entitled, “Overtones”. Check our website for the season lineup:

Join us in listening!

DeCoSEAS on Folia Magazine

We’d like to share with you an article in the University of Amsterdam magazine, Folia about DeCoSEAS. In this feature about “hidden archives” at UvA, project leaders, Barbara Titus, and meLê yamomo talk about their plans to disclose the Jaap Kunst Ethnomusicology Collection.

“Titus and Yamomo’s plans are challenging. Firstly, they have to organize the collection in a well-organized manner. Now they still maintain different order systems. Second, they want to digitize the material, which according to the researchers is a hell of a job. And third, they want to engage with colleagues from other countries who are also involved in colonial archives and with communities from Southeast Asia, so that barriers that hinder access to the archive disappear.”

Read more on the Folia website.