If we wish to develop a more sustainable future, we urgently need to reconnect to our environment and restore a more reciprocal relationship with the earth. In the Radio ArtEZ podcast series Sounding Places / Listening Places writer and music journalist Joep Christenhusz and creator of sound works, writer and Deep Listener Sharon Stewart enquire how sound and listening can help us to do so.
In contemporary Western culture we seem to have lost an intimate connection with the land. More often than not we consider our surroundings as a passive backdrop in which humankind can take center stage: controlling the landscape, developing infrastructures, and extracting resources at will. This rather anthropocentric position has become unviable, however, as recent human-driven ecological crises – like climate change, the dramatic loss of biodiversity and large-scale destruction of habitats – are clearly indicating. If we wish to develop a more sustainable future, we urgently need to reconnect to our environment and restore a more reciprocal relationship with the earth.
In this third episode, Sharon Stewart converses with geographer and sound artist Ame Kanngieser, Melbourne, Australia, and vocalist, writer, composer and interdisciplinary artist, Lisa E. Harris from Houston, Texas about themes of land, ownership and sound. Do we have an intrinsic right to record our immediate soundscape? Who owns sound?
The interview with Ame Kanngieser took place on the stolen lands of the Wurundjeri and Bunurong people of the East Kulin Nations. We acknowledge the traditional owners of these lands and pay our respects to elders past and present and to Country itself. Sovereignty was never ceded, resistance is ongoing.
Reading and listening
Website: AM Kanngieser
Soundwork: Eulogy for the Handfish, The Parallel Effect, 2020
Talk: Listening to Ecocide at Sonic Acts, 2020
Collaborative talk: Listening as Relation, an Invocation for CTM Festival: Discourse Series – Critical Modes of Listening, 2021, with Métis/otipemisiw anthropologist Zoe Todd, 2021
Article: “From environmental case study to environmental kin study” in History and Theory, 2020
Article: “A brief proposition toward a sonic geo-politics” in Journal of Sonic Studies, 2016
Article: “Geopolitics and the Anthropocene: Five propositions for sound” in Geohumanities, 2015
Article: “A sonic geography of the voice: Towards an affective politics” in Progress in Human Geography, 2011
Lisa E. Harris
Foundation for Contemporary Arts: Dorothea Tanning Award, Music/Sound, 2021, Lisa E. Harris
Rising Residents: Climate in Crisis Residencies at A Studio in the Woods, 2020
Interview: “Growth Potential: Lisa Harris Interviewed by IONE” in BOMB magazine, 2020
Interview: “Deep Space, Deep Listening, and EarthSeed: An Interview With Lisa E. Harris” by Betsy Huete in Glasstire, 2020
Album: Earthseed by Nicole Mitchell and Lisa E. Harris, 2020
Live, multimedia performance: Cry of the Third Eye, description in Glasstire, 2020
Album: Cry of the Third Eye (From Original Soundtrack) on Spotify
Installation Work: “Please, Have a Seat” and “Black Bodies in Space” in Objektiv, 2020
YouTube: “You've got a Right to the Tree of Life” Lisa E. Harris, 2013
YouTube: “Getting acquainted with Hermann, my theremin” Lisa E. Harris, 2017
They eat the Kill and then Have Cake.
(For Juneteenth in Texas, USA)
What happens to captives when captives are set free
to run on captured land?
Is this called Jubilee?
Should not their ancestral land be restored to them and them unto It?
Black people, we have made a new covenant every time our feet stand upon the Earth.
We restore the captive land . She is set free to run through our captured feet.
And this is just one reason why
They make us to hover so
The drip draws