OPEN CALL – Sound creations inspired by SPACE: journey#2

DEADLINE: 14th of April 2019, 21.00 pm GTM+1

The performance and theatre company V XX ZWEETZ and Human Kind Records invite sound poets, sound artists and musicians to send works inspired by SPACE for the second 24h radio broadcast journey at the Swiss international literature festival ChiassoLetteraria 2019.

We see SPACE as a place of heterotopic possibilities. Unlike utopias, which console us by giving us virtuous and perfect spaces to imagine, heterotopias suspend any sort of given truth. They are disquieting because they secretly undermine our language, break up and tangle clichés, devastate the “syntax” that keeps words and things together. They dry up the pre-existing discourse, they block the meaning of words, retracting their roots from every possibility of grammar expression.
In a world overwhelmed by visual consciousness and political compliance, SPACE becomes the only possibility to explore new grammars able to cultivate alternative imagination.

The works will be broadcast during the 24 hour radio performance starting on the 3rd of May and ending on the 4th of May 2019 at the Swiss international literature festival ChiassoLetteraria.
During the 24 hours, two small shops will be transformed into space crafts and two astronauts will live there for 24h a day immersed and listening to sounds of the universe. The astronaut will continue his voyage started at the core of the Solar System and will continue outwards. He will encounter various celestial objects, moons and planets which will each spark the sound works.

The passing by audience will be invited to enter the space craft whenever they want and share some time with the silent astronaut, listening to his journey.

Hows and whats about the track we require

  • A track of minimum 1 minute to maximum 30 minutes in wav format.
  • The content required has to be inspired by outer space and anything that relates to it.
  • We are particularly looking for sound poetry and experimental compositions (or narratives) using languages related to heterotopic spaces, the Universe, Time, Space and physics.
  • There are no limits to instruments, genres, languages
  • Material can be unreleased or previously composed
  • Material must be sent through this official module: https://goo.gl/forms/LB3oNEQoBJEZZ9Kq2
  • It must be sent by the 14th of April 2019

The material will be broadcast via web and FM for 24 hours between 3rd May and 4th May 2019 during ChiassoLetteraria Festival.
The listening link will be available on http://humankind.voyage
The sounds will be then collected on the official web archive http://humankind.voyage, available to listen to in the future.


More information on the project: heterotopic space

Choreographer Francesca Sproccati and theatre director Alan Alpenfelt are both convinced that there are less and less uncontaminated places on Earth to explore alternative views on society and on themselves. So they decide to go into Space. A place in which the absence of gravity allows new experiments.
By entering a spaceship and navigating in solitude, they drift towards heterotopic spaces made of sound and subjective time, where listening experiences and meditation help them to detach from what is known and defined. A necessary and spiritual space to re-open their imagination, creativity and the way they reflect upon things.
Unlike utopias which console us by giving us virtuous and perfect spaces to imagine, heterotopias suspend any sort of given truth. They are disquieting because they secretly undermine our language, break up and tangle clichés, devastate the “syntax” that keeps words and things together. They dry up the pre-existing discourse, they block the meaning of words, retracting their roots from every possibility of grammar expression.
In a world overwhelmed by visual consciousness and political compliance, Alan and Francesca want to explore new places able to cultivate alternative imagination: places which stand up to our concerns, which open wider searches for meanings and challenges – old or unprecedented. Propitious spaces to nourish the performance of the spirit, especially for those who are atheists.

Mis-en-scène
Francesca and Alan become astronauts by dressing up in original 1970s cosmonaut suits. Two small rooms made of transparent windows are transformed into spaceships. Each in their own, they pass a day and a night bathed in spatial sound “travelling” for 24 hours from a point A to a point B in reference to the Milky Way map. On their way, they encounter objects, planets and ufos that activate sound works collected during a call. The total duration of the trip is 5,906,376,272 km (the same distance from the Sun to Pluto) corresponding to 4,101,650 km for each minute of transmission.

The public will be able to freely access the two spaceships at any time of the performance and remain with them as much as they want. They will be invited to listen together and participate in the solitary activities that each astronaut will undertake to pass the time during the long journey.

24 hours
The 24-hour clock system has been used for many centuries, primarily by scientists, astronomers and navigators. By referring to a longer amount of time, the length allows us to live a natural dramaturgical path, allowing the journey to become organic and visible in relationship to the activities’ changes in light, atmosphere and density outside and inside the spacecraft. The prolonged performative duration allow things to happen naturally and simultaneously. The relationship with events that reiterate, during a period spent in solitude, becomes the thermometer of change. Time becomes the distance meter between the cosmic objects that, metaphorically, we intend to reach. Within a prolonged period of time, the public can choose their personal listening and participation time, aligning themselves with the astronaut’s experience in a symbiotic search with the abysses of the outer or interior universe.

The space ships
The first space – “the Universe outside” contains the first astronaut and is the nerve center of a radio transmission. His intent is to question the unknown spaces beyond the boundaries of the Earth through the practice of listening.
During the journey, the astronaut will feel alone. To pass the time, through his radio equipment, he will air sound works collected in the open call addressed to artists, musicians and poets; works of sound poetry, experimental music compositions or narratives related to the exploration of time, space, physics and the unknown.
The astronaut will also generate the ongoing sound texture of the space journey through hardware synthesizers. The radio area will expand around and outside his spacecraft through an FM antenna and a webstream and broadcast to both inside and outside the spacecraft into the public space.

The second space – “the Universe inside” contains the second astronaut who looks away from the outer Universe towards the relationship of intimacy between human beings, exploring the unknown and untranslatable space that separates one body from another.
In moments of solitude, the astronaut will dance a slow-dance with an imaginary partner (or with whoever will be there), on other occasions she will spend time watching a projection on which she will scroll an archive of video footage of old people remembering how they danced in their youth.
In this space, the act of listening focuses on the contact surface between bodies, in the encounters that take place within the 24 hours with other people and in those that have already occurred, which can only be traced back through memory. The invitation to a slow-dance is how the astronaut of this spacecraft intends to go beyond the formal and verbal knowledge of the Unknown.

The goal, in both cases, is to include the audience on the astronaut’s journey and to share their discovery of new boundless spaces. In this way, the solitude of the radio, the listening space and the interaction between body and mind are inserted into a spiritual listening equation in order to explore the human relationships enriched of shared space and intimacy.


Human Kind Records
http://www.humankindrecords.com/
Human kind Records is a Swiss record label. It focuses on the two human miracles of music and poetry, which best express who we are and what makes us beautiful. Music and poetry give us the possibility to delve down deep into things we have difficulty in understanding and help us comprehend the world from other perspectives. We aim to amplify these perspectives through the sounds and words of highly talented poetic musicians.

V XX ZWEETZ
http://www.vxxzweetz.com
V XX ZWEETZ is a Swiss creative production company which expresses its projects through Theatre, Sound, Radio, Photography and Visual Art.
The main principles and focus of the company are to uphold awareness on social, historic and existential issues.


Supported by:

Swiss foundation for radio and culture
ProHelvetia