With QW5, QW6, QW7 the first cycle of the series Quarantine Workout ends, responding, after the experience of lockdown, to a phase of gradual rediscovery and re-appropriation of habits and perceptions.
For this episode, we involved Ryoko Akama, Fabio Perletta, Salomé Voegelin to compose different contributions, created between May and June. In line with their own practices, they responded to the proposal launched by Nicola Di Croce in the notes for a participatory score, presented in QW4.
This new set of scores is a suggestion to share and give value to being in presence, to experiencing spaces, different perceptions and times. The scores invite to a workout aimed at reactivation within a collective situation: to imagine our personal idea of garden, to look for it in the experience of our surroundings rather than in what already has the preconceived construct of what a “garden” is, then record and share it online in order to compose a choral work, collected by the artist; to meet the limits of the attention within the space of a page as in the space of a silent moment, to let expectations go; to use listening as a strategy of engagement with the reality of a hug, remembering its smell, touch, feel, making it sound, drawing it, sharing it, reflecting upon how what we’re used to conceive as an intimate and private gesture between two people can at the same time be a moment of collective interconnection.
Salomé Voegelin/ CH
Salomé Voegelin is an artist and writer engaged in listening as a socio-political practice of sound. Her work and writing deal with sound, the world sound makes: its aesthetic, social and political realities that are hidden by the persuasiveness of a visual point of view.
She is the author of three influential books on sound (The Political Possibility of Sound 2018, Sonic Possible Worlds, 2014 and Listening to Noise and Silence, 2010) and has published numerous articles, papers and essays that explore and expand the field of political and aesthetic thinking via listening.