Colombian artist Leonel Vásquez argues that the world we live in expresses itself through sound. Life is the vibration of matter, and non-human life such as rivers are not silent – yet many of us cannot hear them. Are they being silenced, or are we choosing not to listen?
Through self-crafted devices resembling gramophones, Vásquez amplifies the sounds of stones he collects from the Bogotá river, an unhealthy and contaminated river in Colombia. For many communities, these stones are considered grandmothers – in their silence, they contain the voice of a time in which our own history is insignificant. Join us in listening to these grandmothers’ voices, to become attuned to the sounds of non-human bodies around us and to meditate to their song.
This event will be in Spanish and English. Booking details to follow.
Image credit: Leonel Vásquez, singing stones from the Canto rodado project (2019)