HISS | Magdaléna Manderlová
November 7 @ 13:00 – December 7 @ 16:00| Free
HISS is a poetic work and in its core lies our relationship to nature. The work is grounded in the fields of acoustic ecology and listening practices and pays attention to surrounding soundscapes. HISS is an inquiry of the North Bohemian region in the Czech Republic, an area marked with the heavy coal mining industry (surface mining of brown coal) for over two centuries. There are major devastations and changes in the relief of the landscape – considering that some of the industries are still up and running, while others are closing down and in the process of the land-recovery. There is a number of villages and rivers that were physically moved and removed in favor of the economical growth.
In the fall of 2019, I self-organized a research trip, in which I engaged with the environment through walking – often writing as I was walking, recording at times, but mostly listening. In one week, I walked around 100 km in order to absorb the whole of it. I put an emphasis on rhythms, spatial locations, finding relations and similarities in places that felt both familiar and unfamiliar at the same time, as well as that I allowed myself to drift according to my thoughts and perceptions. I worked thoroughly with the textures of the words carrying their sounds and echos, the rhythms – of myself walking, writing, and reading. I directed the work to be ecological in its content – multilayered and many-voiced, proposing new ways of seeing and listening, and encouraging the reader/listener to drift through an alternative time, sound, and light.
HISS was displayed at EARTH/The Current Way of Living at Galerie Emila Filly, Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic (2019), and TEKS, Trondheim, Norway (2020). HISS (audio) was re-broadcasted at GIRL MONSTER! at Radio Primavera Sounds (2019), and Borealis Radio Space at Borealis festival for experimental music (2020) Bergen, Norway. HISS (text) was re-published at SOUNDEST zine dedicated to sound-art. HISS is supported by Billedkunstneres Vederlagsfond and Fond for lyd og bilde.