From March 20th to April 3rd, Italian collective ALMARE (Turin) will be coming to Scotland for an art residency at Timespan to produce the new episodes of their sci-fi audio novel ‘Life Chronicles of Dorothea Ïesj S.P.U.’
During the residency, ALMARE will get access and respond to Timespan’s sound archive: a community and living archive which preserves unique heritage recordings including oral histories, reenactments, songs, folklore of Sutherland and the Scottish Highland.
ALMARE is an artists-curators collective focused on contemporary practices using sound as an expressive medium. Their work Life Chronicles- a sci-fi audio novel in three episodes- describes a world where sound can be extracted from matter. The trilogy follows the adventures of sound archaeologist Dorothea Ïesj to reflect on the connection of data mining, sound and the use of archaeological artefacts and memory as tools of power and control. ALMARE is excited to explore through this residency questions about the way we store immaterial histories and the opportunities and challenges encountered by a public archive in the face of data mining.
Stay tuned to see what ALMARE will be up to over the next weeks!
The residency is the first step of a longer collaboration of ALMARE and Timespan curated by radio collective Radio Papesse. The project – winner of the 11th edition of the Italian Council in Area 1 ‘International commissioning and acquisition of new works for Italian public museums’- includes the residency and an exhibition at Timespan, the production of the trilogy which will be acquired by Museion (Bozen), a series of international presentations, and a podcast distributed by NERO Editions.
Project supported by the Italian Council (2022), Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity, Italian Ministry of Culture