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Rite de Passage (2019)



"I rest my hand lightly on the turntable and my hand vibrates, spreading waves through my whole body: that's how I hear the electricity of the vibration, the ultimate substratum in the domain of reality, and the world trembles in my hands."

        -Clarice Lispector, Água Viva

Rite de passage is a video work that explores the initiation of two characters into the archive they are attempting to negate. Blindfolded, they experience the world only through sound and touch. While searching for the origins of mystical sounds they are disrupted by, they come to find materializations of memories of the space. 


The material record is always fragmentary—it cannot fully capture an original event—details, perspectives, and subjectivities are always missing. The characters can only experience the sounds of the original events while they are unified with them through the physical experience of a common space. The gaps in the record are thus left to be fleshed in through the subjectivities of the characters. In this way, archives are dynamically generated in real time, through the praxis of anyone who experiences them, they are forever re-contextualized and re-authored through such an experience.

Produced at the  Koumaria Residency 2019, Sellasia, Greece.
Jordan Edge  
Dasha Ilina  
Robert Jedrzejewski  
Tunni Kraus  
Joshua Legallienne  
Kurtis Lesick  
Marili Pizarro  
Georges Salameh  
Nour Sokhon  
Małgorzata Suś  
Special thanks to: 
Vicky Bisbiki  
Michael Higgins
Kleopatra Korai  
Eric Lewis  
Yannis Lolis  
Manolis Manousakis  
Eve Nakou

The 2019 Koumaria residency is organised in partnership with the Onassis Cultural Centre Athens (OCC) in the framework of the INTERFACES project, an international, interdisciplinary project focusing on bringing new music to an extensive range of new audiences. With the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, Interfaces unites nine diverse partners from the UK, Germany, France, Cyprus, Belgium, Romania, Austria and Greece with main objective to explore innovative ways of introducing audiences to the work of cutting-edge musicians and sound artists and engage new audiences of all ages to the music of our time.
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