entangled (xirminja nahpy benry)

ambisonic multichannel installation and live performance
ongoing project series, duration and dimensions variable

ENTANGLED is a multichannel ambisonic work exploring the non-human worlds of the Amazon rainforest, giving attention to the fascinating complexity of the continuous sonic flow created by insects, birds, amphibians, mammals, reptiles, fish, plant species, soil and water during 24 hours, day and night. 

The work facilitates a profound, intense and sustained listening experience, cultivating intimate sensory encounters where affectivity is favoured over signification and representation. The listeners-participants find themselves in a space in total darkness without images or objects, situated within a three-dimensional sound field generated by an immersive audio system.

The event presents a durational composition made from several hundred hours of environmental sound materials recorded in terrestrial and flooded forest (várzea) ecosystems within the territories of the Amanã and Mamirauá reserves in the central Brazilian Amazon. The fieldwork was carried out over two months in the dry season of 2015, in collaboration with specialists and local inhabitants. 

The ecological ethos of the work goes beyond the ‘green’ frame of widespread understanding, challenging notions about ecology and nature which take the environment as something ‘exterior’ to the human and culture. This project is akin to contemporary philosophical trends that suggest a break with dominant anthropocentrism and the recognition of the agency and vitality of a multitude of entities and energies beyond the human. Furthermore, these intrinsically ecological modes of thought allow us to appreciate sounds as “things in themselves” and invite us to reconsider the ontological and relational status of the work of art itself.

“To be entangled is not simply to be intertwined with another, as in the joining of separate entities, but to lack an independent, self-contained existence.”
— Karen Barad

LIVE PERFORMANCE AND EXHIBITION HISTORY

– Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, 7.11.2020 — scheduled
– Phonos Foundation, Barcelona, 2.10.2020 — scheduled
– Audiorama, Geiger Septemberfest!, Gothenburg, 27.09.2019 — live event
– Sonorities Festival, Belfast, November 2016 — installation
– EARSHOTS!, One Hundred Years Gallery, London – 2016.09.10 — live event
– Sonic Environments, NIME/ACMC 2016, IMERSD Room, Queensland Conservatorium, Brisbane, July 2016 — installation

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS, CREDITS AND PRODUCTION SUPPORT

– Arts Council of Northern Ireland
– Santander Foundation
– Francis Chagrin Award, Sound and Music, UK
– Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC), Queen´s University Belfast (QUB)
– Laboratory of Acoustics and Sound Arts (LASom), Music Department of the Arts Institute at State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), São Paulo, Brazil
– Mamirauá Institute for Sustainable Development, Tefé, Amazonas, Brazil

Special thanks to Maria Cecília Gomes, Silvia Jánošková, Moisés, Careta, Omar, Zé, and the field specialists, researchers, staff, and inhabitants who helped in Tefé and the riverine communities of Baré, Boa Esperança, Jarauá, and Horizonte within Amanã and Mamirauá, and to José Augusto Mannis.