The collective podcast produced by Helen Torres together with the Sonic Fiction participants is out!
The podcast is held in Castilian and consists of reflections between Helen and the participants on the topics addressed during the Sonic Fiction workshop.
Credits of the podcast Sonic Fiction
Extracts from the short film Nueva argirópolis, by Lucrecia Martel.
Extract of the reportage Lenguas en extinción | Visión 360 VII Temporada.
Extract of the live Tanya Tagaq.
Myiopsitta monachus – SelvaLAMA14.wav by UrbanSoundBcn
Cotorres de pit gris NTS.wav by UrbanSoundBcn
cotorra_kramer_vr.wav by UrbanSoundBcn (freesound.org/people/UrbanSoundBcn); Freesound.org
Cotorrespitgris.wav by Perete
Military Helicopter.wav by Benboncan
01262 walking through forest path 2.wav by Robinhood76
fouryearoldchild_laughing.mp3 by Morgantj
Poranek na łące w dolinie Narewki by Izabela Dłużyk; muzykacyfrowa.pl/collection/echa-krainy-zubra-ptasi-spiew
Link available at Archive.org
About the workshop
How does power operate through sound violence? How did colonial practices use sound as a tool of domination and control, from the barking of dogs to the mutilation of auditory organs? How do police and military forces use sound as an instrument of torture and repression?
What violences are generated when language is lost, erased, forbidden? What do the different speech practices and the ways in which voices distort silence imply? What would a space-time not traversed by such violence be like? What sounds would a hypothetical anti-colonial sound archive include?
Based on these questions and others that arise, during two sessions we will review a story by Octavia Butler, a sound and visual collage by Elysia Crampton and a short film by Lucrecia Martel, in the workshop Sonic Fictions. Conversations on Sound as a Tool for Struggle and Resistance, we will speculate on voice, speech, music and sound as tools of decolonial struggle and resistance, amplifying listening as a matrix of fictions to enter into their transformative codes. In a third session, we will record a podcast with the experience of the workshop.
The intention of the two-day workshops was to talk about the power of sound fictions that operate in dissent, that alter the modes of sensitive representation and hegemonic forms of enunciation by changing frames, scales, rhythms, building new appearances between the real and the speculative, the singular and the common, the human and the non-human, the (in)visible, (in)decible, the (in)audible, the (i)recognizable and its significance.
First session. Speech Fabulation
- the story Speech Sounds by African-American writer Octavia Butler, a dystopia in which a virus causes people to lose the ability of language, both spoken and written, and the world is transformed into a chaos of violence and destruction. More info
- short film “Nueva Argirópolis”, by Argentine filmmaker Lucrecia Martel, in which a soundtrack without subtitles composed of rumours, almost inaudible conversations, gestures and speech codes incomprehensible to the border police presents a soundscape in which a group of indigenous activists plot resistance. More info
Second session. Cuir sonic fictions
- mini-opera Dissolution of the Sovereign: A Time Slide Into the Future (Or: A Non-Abled Offender’s Exercise in Jurisprudence) (2016) by trans artist Aymara Elysia Crampton, a sound and visual collage that fabulates the resurrection in the distant future of Bartolina Sisa, an Aymara revolutionary who in the 13th century fought against the Spanish conquerors and was brutally murdered, and her merger with non-white trans cyborgs sheltered in a subway labyrinth of abandoned American prisons. More info
Helen Torres is a sociologist, educator and translator. She works from feminist and anti-colonial perspectives on the articulation between language, art and politics. She has published a novel (Autopsia de una langosta, Melusina, 2010) and an anthology of short stories (Relatos Marranos, Pol·len, 2015). She has specialized in the work of Donna Haraway, by whom she has translated into Spanish Testigo_Modesto@Segundo_Milenio: HombreHembra_Conoce_Oncoratón (UOC, 2002), el Manifiesto Chthuluceno desde Santa Cruz and Seguir con el problema (consonni, 2019). She conducts workshops on speculative fabulation. She has translated Marge Piercy’s Mujer al borde del tiempo (consonni, 2020). She has developed geolocated sound narratives and literary walks. Her latest sound intervention, Exercici de fabulació especulativa, is part of the exhibition Polítiques del sòl, curated by Christian Alonso.