Public spaces as resonating bodies of politics. Egypt / Cameroon. A sound-image installation

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22, 24 and 25 May 2019  Old synagogue, 4, rue d'Alsace, F-68220 Hegenheim, France 

The exhibition opens up to the question of how public space in Egypt and Cameroon is used for the proclamation of politics. Politics understood as a mediation and negotiation - peaceful, consensual, violent - of ideas about the current and especially future shape of the state.

The installations are based on two different sound and image sources:

On the one hand on the archive of Joachim Oelsner (Arc Musica, Yaoundé), who digitized historical music recordings (1950-1980s) from state radio stations in Cameroon as part of a longer project. On the other hand, on audio documents recorded by Stéphane Montavon (Basel) during the Arab Spring 2011 in Cairo. These are complemented by videos recorded with mobile phones at the same time (e.g. re-implant).

The diversity of sources, time and geographical-historical spaces (analog film and sound vs. mobile phones and social media; the years shortly before and after independence vs. Arab Spring; MENA region vs. sub-Saharan Africa) as well as the different approaches (artistic, academic) allow an investigation of the question from a variety of perspectives.

The format of the event consists of surround sound documentary film, The Betrayed Square by Stéphane Montavon and various sound stations with a selection of digitized music pieces from the archive of Joachim Oelsner. In addition, there are historical films from the 1960s from Cameroon. After the visitors have seen and heard the installations, a discussion with Montavon and Oelsner will take place, involving the audience.

The event will be curated and moderated by Jürg Schneider( Esta dirección de correo electrónico está protegida contra spambots. Usted necesita tener Javascript activado para poder verla. ) an affiliated researcher at the Center for African Studies at the University of Basel and co-founder of African Photography Initiatives and supported by SSEA.

about "The Betrayed Square"
about Joachim Oelsner (Arc Musica -Archives de la Musique Camerounaise-) and his "sonothèque du siècle"


Wednesday 22 May 2019
Public talk with the artists from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with apéro.

Exhibition open from 3 p.m.


Friday 24 May 2019

Exhibition open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Saturday 25 May 2019
Public talk with the artists from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with apéro.

Exhibition open from 3 p.m.