Homo Novus 2015


Sonic Dawn

Various artists
6 September 23.00 Dirty Deal Teatro, Talsu st. 1 | € 20 / € 15

‘Sonic Dawn’ is a night where to collectively experience different contributions on the emergence of the unheard. How do we further develop our ability to listen for what is left out, and to what degree are we able to listen to different kinds of voices and intelligences? From a concert giving voice to non-human elements, to reflections on the ungraspability of sound as a form of resistance; until a collective training to discover in one’s own mouth the presence of sound belonging to foreign languages, Sonic Dawn invites to a sonic journey – from night till dawn – towards what was not audible and yet there. The only source of light in this listening space is a screen projecting the color of the sea from late afternoon till the dawn, reduced to pure shade.

‘Sonic Dawn’ is a project of Aleppo for Homo Novus.

During the course of the night spectators can enter and leave between the acts. Ticket includes breakfast.


23:00 Catherina Christer Hennix, SOLITON STAR
23:30 Sonic Dawn, an introduction
23:40 Brandon LaBelle, The Invisible
23:45 Enrico Malatesta, Rudimenti Part 1
00:05 Lina Lapelytė, Candy Shop
00:35 Elsa M’bala, Makai
01:10 Brandon LaBelle, The Overheard
01:20 Maurice Stierl, Disobedient Listening at Sea
02:10 Ana Guedes, UNTITLED RECORDS Part 1
02:30 Raafat Majzoub, A Closeup on the Sound of Blooming
03:30 Brandon LaBelle, The Itinerant
03:40 Enrico Malatesta, Rudimenti Part 2
04:00 Ana Guedes, UNTITLED RECORDS Part 2
04:20 Aela Royer, Slip Off Tongues
05:20 Brandon LaBelle, The Weak
05:30 Breakfast
06:30 Sunset


Catherine Christer Hennix (Berlin)

“The concept of an infinitary composition assigns equal significance to any point of its continuum sound. In particular, no significance is assigned to its beginning or end while any significance that is assigned to any of its parts must also be assigned to any other of its points in time – as defined by this continuum”, Catherine Christer Hennix
‘Sonic Dawn’ starts with a historic work by Swedish-American sound and visual artist, poet and mathematician, a drone pioneer C.C. Hennix, built on the idea of the infinitary composition and inviting on a journey within the continuum sound.

Brandon LaBelle (Berlin/Bergen)
Sonic Agency: Four Figures of Resistance.
The Invisible, the Overheard, the Itinerant, and the Weak
Four Sonic Lectures

In a world dominated by the visual, could contemporary resistances be auditory? In ‘Sonic Agency, Sound and Emergent Forms of Resistance’ (published in 2018), Brandon LaBelle sets out to engage the contemporary conditions of social and political crisis by way of sonic thought and imagination. He highlights existing sonic cultures and social initiatives that utilize sound and listening to address conflict by dividing sound’s functions into four figures of resistance – the invisible, the overheard, the itinerant, and the weak. At the occasion of ‘Sonic Dawn’ LaBelle streams throughout the night four micro-lectures corresponding to these four figures. By doing so he unsettles traditional notions of the “space of appearance”, inviting the sonic as the condition for political action and survival.

Enrico Malatesta (Cesena)

Trained as a musician and a percussionist, Enrico Malatesta has a peculiar approach to materials and objects: he does not simply play them, but rather gives voice to latent sounds they already contain. By doing so, he disconnects in a very sensitive way the notion of sound from an anthropocentric form of listening. Sound exists independently on our ability to perceive it, and maybe non-human elements are listening to each other, while we are unable to listen to them.

Lina Lapelytė (London/Vilnius)
Candy Shop

Candy Shop is best known as a dirty rap hit by 50 Cent. Candy Shop by Lina Lapelytė reworks the games of power that are embedded in the rap songs into lullabies, narrating the story about beauty, gender and the mundane. It’s a performance merging live and recorded intervention.

Elsa M’bala (Berlin)
Poetry / Video, hd 3:22 min
Commissioned by Berlin Biennale

Antoine Francois Assoumou was a young Cameroonian poet whose works got to see the light only after his tragic death. He was 16 when he died the night before his birthday. Death was very present in his work as if he knew that his journey was going to be short. His poems are as melancholic as they are fantastical. He writes as if he had never belonged in this world at the same time his use of language and words is incredibly skilled. Antoine was part of the invisible and as such his work will remain out of this world. In the video piece we witness how his words are translated into a visual poetry in German sign language making a bridge between the silence and the noise. It’s about making a connection where there seems to be none – between darkness and light, sound and silence, stillness and rapidity. We attempt to fill the void with our imagination.

Maurice Stierl (Berlin)
Disobedient Listening at Sea
Talk / Listening session

Illegalised migration across the Mediterranean Sea and its control are predominantly perceived through media images of indistinguishable masses of non-white bodies crammed onto unseaworthy vessels. These images operate within an ambivalent regime of (in)visibility at play at EU maritime frontier, which occludes as much as it reveals. Through the notion of disobedient listening, Maurice Stierl, an expert in migration and border studies, and one of the founding members of WatchTheMed Alarm Phone, discloses his work by focusing on sound and the right to listen in the unlikely and seemingly inaccessible spaces of the sea.

Ana Guedes (The Hague)
Performance / Concert

UNTITLED RECORDS is a performative sound installation weaving historical and emotional narratives through the “instrumentalisation” of a collection of records. An ensemble of reimagined record players are instruments built to perform an intimate selection from a family archive of popular music, a set of records carefully shipped home from a country at war forty years ago. The vinyls were purchased in Angola, Portugal and Canada over a time span from the 60s to the early 80s and have travelled over three continents. They exist as passive witnesses of a displacement in time and space.

Raafat Majzoub (Beirut)
A Closeup on the Sound of Blooming
Performance / Radio transmission / Whatsapp group chat

‘A Closeup on the Sound of Blooming’ is a durational performance that attempts to enable the impossible task of reinstatement of 70 Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem demolished by the IDF on 22 July 2019. For that journey, artist Raafat Majzoub uses Hekmat – one of the fictional characters in his novel – to travel to Palestine, a neighboring country that he is not allowed to visit due to a state of war between Israel and Lebanon. The sound generated by sketching and re-tracing architectural drawings of the destroyed homes and a live Whatsapp group chat on the autobiography of another Arab World yields a visceral, paramilitary response to the demolition.

Aela Royer (Brussels)
Slip Off Tongues
Listening session / Workshop

‘Slip Off Tongues’ is a dive into the sonic heart of words; an access to the vibrational substance of language beyond its meaning. Gradually, the idea of tongue is processed into sounds, then being propagated, densified, modulated and stretched within the mouth that forms them. ‘Slip Off Tongues’ is also a practice of travelling inside the human voice revealing it’s potential for any sound of any tongue before being transformed into words, cultures and differences. How to access the otherness from the inside of one’s own voice and listening?

About the artist

Catherine Christer Hennix (C.C. Hennix) is a Swedish-American sound artist, poet, composer, philosopher, mathematician and visual artist associated with drone music. Directly after high school, Hennix went to work at Stockholm’s pioneering Elektronmusikstudion (EMS), where she helped develop early synthesizer and tape music. After traveling to New York In 1968, she developed a fruitful relationship with many composers in the burgeoning American avant-garde, including, most significantly, Henry Flynt, La Monte Young, as well as raga master Pandit Pran Nath. During this time Hennix led the just-intonation live-electronic ensemble ‘The Deontic Miracle’. She also served as a professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at SUNY New Paltz and as a visiting Professor of Logic at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. She currently resides in Berlin.

Maurice Stierl is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Warwick. Before, he was an Assistant Professor in Comparative Border Studies at the University of California, Davis. His research focuses on migration struggles in contemporary Europe and is broadly situated in international relations, international political sociology, and migration, citizenship & border studies. His book ‘Migrant Resistance in Contemporary Europe’ was published by Routledge in 2019. He is a member of the activist project WatchTheMed Alarm Phone.

Brandon LaBelle is an artist, writer and theorist, a professor at University of Bergen, Norway, addressing questions of auditory culture, sonic and spatial practices, the voice and the politics of listening. Current research projects focus on citizen practices, sonic agency and auditory knowledge, and the aesthetics and politics of invisibility. His work has been presented (among others) at Kunsthall Bergen (2018), Documenta 14, Athens (2017), Marrakech Biennial (parallel project), 2014, The Whitney Museum, NY (2012). From 2012-16 he organized ‘The Invisible Seminar’ addressing questions of appearance and practices of the unseen.

Aela Royer develops a sound practice that is part of her research on the body as an instrument. She uses her voice to create relationships between her breath and electromagnetic waves from which she draws, seeking to make her exceed the limits that her body imposes.

Enrico Malatesta is an Italian percussionist and sound researcher active in the field of experimental music, sound intervention and performance. His practice explores the relations between sound, space and body, the vitality of materials and the morphology of surfaces, with particular attention to the percussive acts. His research path is characterized by a strong emphasis on the ability to produce multiple information with simple actions, the motion and definition of the experience of listening and sustainability of the presence of the performer through the sound.

Lina Lapelytė is an artist living and working in London and Vilnius. She holds a BA in classical violin and sound arts and a MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art, London. Her performance-based practice is rooted in music and flirts with pop culture, gender stereotypes, aging and nostalgia. She says of her practice, ‘it can be placed ‘in-between’; in-between classical and experimental, music and fine art, composing and improvising.’ Together with Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė and Vaiva Grainytė, Lina Lapelytė represent Lithuania in the current Venice Biennale with an opera/performance piece titled Sun & Sea (Marina), for which they received the 2019 Golden Lion.

Raafat Majzoub positions his work at the intersection between politics, intimacy and futurecasting — exploring fiction as a tool for individual and collective agency and an arena to construct new worlds. He is the founding director of ‘The Khan’, the Arab Association for Prototyping Cultural Practices, and part-time lecturer at the Architecture and Design Department at the American University of Beirut.

Ana Guedes is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in The Hague. Her mediums of choice are sound, video, installation and performance. Her research is focused on the “dialecticts of attunement” within the frame of which she is investigating the threads of memory with the intent of recreating instances that evoke “presence” through subjective interpretations of the agentic capacity to instrumentalise objects that become a catalyst for thought and contemplation.

Elsa M’bala was born in Yaoundé. She spent part of her early childhood in Cameroon before resettling in Germany and growing up there. As a social worker, she has realized projects with youth in Germany, Canada, and Jamaica. Since 2009 she has been a member of the band Rising Thoughts and since 2001 has worked as a freelance educator. She lives in both Germany and Cameroon and is in the process of developing an extended cultural-pedagogical project in Cameroon. The complex experience of living as a black woman between two worlds is a central theme of her artistic activity as author, performer, and musician. Elsa M’bala participated in the 10th Berlin Biennale.

Daniel Blanga Gubbay lives and works in Brussels. Of Lebanese-Syrian origin, he grew up in Italy where he graduated in Venice in philosophy and performance. He then got a PhD in Cultural Studies in Palermo, Valencia and Berlin, and worked then at the University of Düsseldorf. In 2014 he initiated Aleppo (A Laboratory for Experiments in Performance and Pοlitics), a Brussels-based curatorial platform for public programmes in performance and discursive practices, and worked since then as co-curator for LiveWorks (Centrale Fies). Since 2015 he has been Head of the Department of Arts and Choreography (ISAC) at the Académie Royale des Beaux Arts, in Brussels. He worked as dramaturge and programmer at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts, and was appointed as its co-director, together with Sophie Alexandre and Dries Douibi, in September 2018.

Gundega Laiviņa runs New Theatre Institute of Latvia, a project based organisation working in the field of contemporary performing arts. Since 2009 she is artistic and managing director of Homo Novus, International Festival of Contemporary Theatre. Gundega has studied music, theory of culture and social anthropology. Since 2011 she has been a curator of Latvian National exposition at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space; from 2010 till 2014, she was a member of the artistic board of Riga – European Cultural Capital 2014.


A project of Aleppo for Homo Novus
By and with: Ana Guedes, Catherine Christer Hennix, Brandon La Belle, Lina Lapelytė, Raafat Majzoub, Enrico Malatesta, Elsa M’bala, Aela Royer, Maurice Stierl
Curators: Daniels Blanga Gubbay, Gundega Laiviņa
Live stream: Radio Apartment 22 راديو الشقة ٢٢
Production: Lelde Prūse, New Theatre Institute of Latvia
Thanks to: Ibrahim Nehme, Anna Sīle, Dirty Deal Teatro




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