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OyoUniverse brings sonic explorations of orbits from within and around
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In this OyoUniverse episode, we talked to Asmaa Sbou about a world without discrimination, the Lockdown Residency, about strengthening the mind and practicing letting go, as well as about meditation social impact of the art and not holding onto anything."For me, self-care means confronting yourself with stillness, meditating, and letting your thoughts wander by. How is my body doing? How am I doing, NOW?  How do I feel right now?"Asmaa is a cultural curator and the founder of Sboutiful, a fashion label celebrating unique, handcrafted, sustainable, and ethical African fashion. She is vital to the cultural scene in Germany. She has started many initiatives and organizations and founded UMOJA!, an intergenerational collective of Black, African and African-diasporic artists working for the empowerment of Black people. Asmaa started to curate projects, as well as being on stage with contemporary dance performances and music.Host: Khadija Alamin (IG: @khadijasound)Guest: Asmaa Sbou (IG: @sboutiful)Post Production: Khadija Alamin (IG: @khadijasound), Nadia Hamdam (IG: @nadzhamzz)Music: Nathan Bernier (@kutnathan)Produced by: www.oyoun.de
"I am (again) at the crossroad between ethical, political, spiritual and aesthetic forms that I have established for my personal and collective key of action in the world. While (again) in this crossroad-place I find it difficult (again) to name myself as “visual artist”, since when I accept this tag, it turns very difficult to be coherent between the diversity of my fronts of action and the ethical, political, spiritual and aesthetic forms that I have established for my personal and collective key of action in the world that puts me (again) at the crossroad." Suelen Calonga In this podcast episode, Dumama and Suelen explore the anti-racism work forming the core of Suelen Calonga's poetic, audio-visual archival process. Dumama and Suelen have a reflective and heartwarming conversation about the Ancestral Body Noise process over the weeks, getting to know Suelen's candomble roots. Suelen Calonga's work is situated between audiovisual, performance, and, more recently, is moving towards strategies of artistic research as a poetic method in order to contain both her transmedia autobiographical narrative and the critique of processes and procedures that sustain the colonization of knowledge through arts and social sciences. Brazilian from Contagem, based in Berlin.Suelen's website: suelencalonga.com---This is part of a series of podcasts for Ancestral Body Noise: Rituals of Real(ease) - a project lead by Gugulethu ‘Dumama’ Duma for Oyoun's curatorial focus EMBODIED TEMPORALITIES. She is guiding participants through a intercultural healing incubator on biomythography and ancestral reconnection. The focus is on honoring the remnants of ritual through kinaesthetic and vocal intimacy, engaging the power of a collective creativity developed amidst political and social resistance in a time of social distancing.---Artwork: Duduetsang Lamola (IG: @blk.banaana)Postproduction: Dylan Hunter Chee Greene (IG: @dylangreene_hunterchee)
Sailesh Nadu (IG: @sailesh_n) is a writer, researcher, and performance artist working in the sphere of migration, gender, and education. Their work interrogates the queer body as territory, ancestral knowledge, and building of queer personal narratives as archive.In this OyoUniverse podcast episode, Dumama and Sailesh have a conversation, unravelling thoughts and experiences concerning the Ancestral Body Noise process, Sailesh's tarot practice and the psycho-spiritual exploration of the dream world. "It is in the inbetween that my practice explores what we know to be true and what our imagination tells us otherwise.  Through poetry, film, and performance I explore imaginative histories, presents, and future as reality.  What can be formed in the mind can be as concrete as the fictional histories we are taught in schools. I seek to recreate and reestablish connections with ancestral bodies that are attached by lineage, spirit, and queerness through rituals and storytelling. " - Sailesh Naidu ---This is part of a series of podcasts for Ancestral Body Noise: Rituals of Real(ease) - a project lead by Gugulethu ‘Dumama’ Duma for Oyoun's curatorial focus EMBODIED TEMPORALITIES. She is guiding participants through a intercultural healing incubator on biomythography and ancestral reconnection. The focus is on honoring the remnants of ritual through kinaesthetic and vocal intimacy, engaging the power of a collective creativity developed amidst political and social resistance in a time of social distancing. ---Artwork: Duduetsang Lamola (IG: @blk.banaana) Postproduction: Dylan Hunter Chee Greene (IG: @dylangreene_hunterchee)
In this episode, we talk to the award-winning and globally acclaimed, antidisciplinary artist Yasmina Alaoui about the relocation from New York to Marrakech, on sourcing local material, on career suicide and upcoming projects.Yasmina Alaoui is of French and Moroccan descent, born in New York in 1977. She studied Fine Arts at the Carousel du Louvre in Paris, and earned a BA in Sculpture from the College of William and Mary. She currently lives in New York city, and exhibits internationally.The underlying themes behind all her works deal directly with her experiences of multicultural upbringing and aims to bridge extremes by embracing opposites: secular and holy, classical and contemporary, order and chaos, repulsion and attraction. She is known to create complex and intricate visual works using a wide variety of techniques, which she combines in an authenticate manner. Yasmina has collaborated with photographer Marco Guerra on the Tales of beauty and 1001 Dreams series, which have been and collected and exhibited internationally since 2003. Host: Louna bent Abdelmoula Sbou (@louna.sbou)Guest(s): Yasmina Alaoui (https://www.yasminaalaoui.com/) (@yasminaalaoui)Postproduction: Nadia Hamdan, Khadija AlaminMusic: Nathan Bernier (@kutnathan)Produced by: www.oyoun.deIG/FB: @oyounberlin
Interdisciplinary artist Indrani Ashe ইন্দ্রাণী (IG: @theshadowarchivist) responds to a world in which transnational histories and hybrid identities have been strategically marginalized and erased, where profit-based algorithms continue the work of colonialism and imperialism, and perception becomes reality.In this OyoUniverse episode, Dumama and Indrani go on a reflexive journey unpacking Indrani's interdisciplinary works: my goddess gave birth to a goddess, yoga without Adriene, and her relationship with ritual, ancestry, and migration. Indrani was born in North Carolina in the United States, to an Indian mother whose parents fled the state of Bengal after the violent political upheaval of partition, and a father descended from Welsh-English settlers of the Appalachian Mountains. Wresting the narrative from these hegemonical structures, she creates necessary mythologies at the interplay between image, text, and performance: an intersectional feminist shadow archive, which regenerates a damaged past and creates potential realities for the future. > indraniashe.com---This is part of a series of podcasts for Ancestral Body Noise: Rituals of Real(ease) - a project lead by Gugulethu ‘Dumama’ Duma for Oyoun's curatorial focus EMBODIED TEMPORALITIES. She is guiding participants through a intercultural healing incubator on biomythography and ancestral reconnection. The focus is on honoring the remnants of ritual through kinaesthetic and vocal intimacy, engaging the power of a collective creativity developed amidst political and social resistance in a time of social distancing.---Artwork: Duduetsang Lamola (IG: @blk.banaana)Postproduction: Dylan Hunter Chee Greene (IG: @dylangreene_hunterchee)
Natalie Greffel is a Berlin based vocalist, instrumentalist, composer and arranger. After moving to Berlin in 2010, Natalie decided to pursue a music career, and since then has worked with several groups such as Radio Citizen, Onom Agemo and the Disco Jumpers, Kelvin Sholar, Karl Hector and the Malcouns and Natedal as both a singer, composer, lyricist, and bassist.Natalie is part of the Oyoun  Curators* Lab and one of the artists that took part in our Lockdown Residency. In this OyoUniverse Podcast episode, we talk about her piece created for the residency which represents a caring and challenging act of self-care - speaking honestly with oneself and others.Host: Khadija Alamin (IG: @khadijasound)Guest: Natalie Greffel (IG: @natalie.greffel)Postproduktion: Khadija Alamin (IG: @khadijasound), Nadia Hamdam (IG: @nadzhamzz)Music: Nathan Bernier (@kutnathan)
We introduce to you the second Season of the Ancestral Body Noise Podcast Series on the OyoUniverse Podcast. Our second episode features self proclaimed pleasure activist and multi-disciplinary somatic practitioner, Yin Cheng Kokott. We go on a deep journey exploring voice and the ancestral symbolism at play as she re-discovers her relationship with voice and voicelessness. Yin shares a tender process and reflection calling her late grandma to her Ancestral Body Noise journey, along with all the sounds she has inherited from her.Explore more of Yin’s work on Yin’s website: https://yinitis.com/As part of the Ancestral Body Noise: Rituals of Real(ease) residency, our podcast series seeks to connect with the participants as they share parts of their process leading up to the residency, as well as experiences of the residency. Artwork by @blk.banaana Podcast edited: Dylan Greene#OyoUniverse #Podcast #ancestralbodynoise #art #sounds 
Diese Episode von Oyouniverse durfte Lorena Valdenegro als Gästin willkommen. Das Gespräch fängt mit schöner Grüße von Lorena aus Chile nach Berlin an. Sie spricht über die Überschneidung ihrer persönlichen und professionellen Biografien und auch darüber, wie ihre Arbeit von den intimen Erfahrungen von ihr selbst und von den migrantischen Mitfrauen geprägt sind. Lorena Valdenegros Kunst ist, sagt die Künstlerin, immer politisch. Die Arbeit verkörpert die endlosen Kreisen von den miteinander verbundenen Individuen.Lorena Valdenegro ist eine Tänzerin, Schauspielerin und Theaterpädagogin, die Chile und Berlin verbindet. Sie arbeitet mit dem Theater als Medium sowie Instrument, um soziales und kollektives Bewusstsein zu mobilisieren. Dabei engagiert sie sich kritisch mit dem Themen „Frauen“, „Migration“ und „Identität“. Schaut euch die neue Videoarbeit von Lorena “Zirkel” an, die als Teil der Oyouns Lockdown Residency produziert wurde: LINK (tbc)Ihr könnt Lorena hier erreichen:IG: @aquitheaterberlinFB: @theaterinberlinWebseite: aquitheaterberlin.deE-Mail: info@aquitheaterberlin.deModeratorin: Dami ChoiGästin: Lorena Valdenegro Postproduktion: Nadia Hamdan, Khadija AlaminMusik: Nathan BernierProduziert von: Oyoun, www.oyoun.deIG/FB: @oyounberlin
'We compose ourselves' with KooChaWe introduce to you the second Part of the Ancestral Body Noise Podcast Series on the OyoUniverse Podcast. In this first episode of Ancestral Body Noise: Rituals of Real(ease), Dumama and Koocha go on a an exploration of multi-disciplinary performance activist, KooCha’s previous work, which unpacks power, positionality, subconscious internalization and processing of palatability as we carry ancestral memory & create meaningful work as a queer femme artists of colour in Europe. KooCha also takes us on a sonic research journey of sounds she grew up listening to, sounds that connect her to her grandma and sounds generated as part of the ABN workshop sessions. As part of the Ancestral Body Noise: Rituals of Real(ease) residency, our podcast series seeks to connect with the participants as they share parts of their process leading up to the residency, as well as experiences of the residency. Artwork by @blk.banaana Podcast edited: Dylan Greene#OyoUniverse #Podcast #ancestralbodynoise #art #sounds 
Childhood in different cultures has shown Nane Kahle infinite possibilities of bodily communication. Since the life in the city has begun, the need to connect to the self has emerged in her. Nane continues to explore the ancient knowledge of nature, remedy and spirit in which her art practices find vivid inspirations. Listen to her experiences of collective healing.Nane Kahle is an artist, curator, healer, and Yogi who works with human bodies, music, and various artistic media. Her works invite and enlarge the spirituality of individuals, while creating a room for an artistic as well as social solidarity with fellow artists. She is one of the curators and presenters of Cult 'Sup'.Follow Nane here:IG: @nanekahlesoundFB: @nanekahleSoundcloud: soundcloud.com/nanekahle YouTube: youtube.com/channel/UCL7w5TiabxQP2GeOnlZRhOwHost: Dami ChoiGuest: Nane KahlePost-production: Nadia Hamdan, Khadija AlaminMusic: Nathan Bernier---Produced by: www.oyoun.deIG/FB: @oyounberlin
Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley explores the world of podcasts searching for the history of the Caribbean, colonialism and more inspirations for her/their main artistic medium of work, video gaming. As a relative newcomer to the city, Danielle has been working on establishing a Black Trans community while going through the social restrictions under the pandemic. The professional biography of the artist enfolds with their/her history with the video gaming as a tool of artistic-political expression. Danielle intends to challenge the capitalized, conservative and often anti-trans gaming scene and to open up a new genre, “documentary game”. Listen to Danielle about their/her current interests, work on progress and the Self Care Mixtape produced by the collaboration with Adrian Marie Blount.Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley is a multimedia artist, game producer, animator and performer based in Berlin. Having started as a self-taught animator, she/they is/are now working on developing the Pro Black Pro Trans Archive using multiple interactive media including among others video game, animation as well as performances. Her/Their works bring together the collective Black Trans experiences from which the powerful and vivid narratives of Danielle’s works come about. You can follow Danielle at:IG: @LadydangfuaWebsite: www.daniellebrathwaiteshirley.comHost: Dami ChoiGuest: Danielle Brathwaite-ShirleyPost-production: Nadia Hamdan, Khadija AlaminMusic: Nathan BernierProduced by: Oyoun, www.oyoun.deIG/FB: @oyounberlin
In this episode, we talked to Alexey Kochetkov starting from Alexey’s history with Oyoun before and after the Curators* Lab, the Lockdown Residency, about the socio-economic discrepancies in the globalized world and his emotional experience of the endless wars going on across the world, as well as about the social impact of the art and the power of social media.Alexey Kochetkov a violinist, music producer, and composer who challenges the ostensible border between the acoustic and the electronic and thereby questioning the classical norms of Eurocentric aesthetics.Check out Alexey’s new piece of sound work “(self)care wor(l)d” created as part of Oyoun’s Lockdown Residency: https://oyoun.de/selfcare-world-alexey-kochetkov/Host: Dami Choi Guest(s): Alexey Kochetkov (@5.string.theory)Post-production: Nadia Hamdan (IG: @nadzhamzz), Khadija Alamin  (IG: @khadijasound)Music: Nathan Bernier (IG: @kutnathan)Produced by: www.oyoun.deIG/fb: @oyounberlin
In this OyoUniverse episode, we talk to Astan Meyer and Camille Schaeffer about how their Lockdown Residency project for Oyoun came about, and about the social impact of the art and the power of Social Media. We also talk about whether art always has to be political or what role artists play in society.Their piece “Filters” criticises society nowadays - where faking success is more important than hard work. Physical appearance and virtual fame are what appear to matter the most to big companies. “We tried to represent this in a self-mockery way because we are all trapped in this game in the end and are almost all using filters and try to increase our followers, even though we could be against that."Astan Meyer is an artistic performer, rapper, singer, poet, and dancer. Her collaboration partner for this project was Camille Schaeffer, a visual artist, performer, and director. Both are based in Berlin.Check out their new video work “Filters” created as part of Oyoun’s Lockdown Residency:  oyoun.de/filters-astan-meyer-cille-sch-mmtHost: Khadija Alamin (IG: @khadijasound) Guests: Astan Meyer (IG: @tisskeen) + Camille Schaeffer (IG: @cilleschcille)Post-production: Nadia Hamdan (IG: @nadzhamzz), Khadija AlaminMusic: Nathan Bernier (IG: @kutnathan)Produced by: www.oyoun.deIG/fb: @oyounberlin
In this episode, we talk to VJ WAF about their involvement with Oyoun‘s Curator*s Lab, the lockdown residency, self care, mental health, and life in Tunisia. (Trigger warning: suicide) Wafa Benromdan aka WAF is a multidisciplinary visual artist who uses videos and photos to embody their thoughts and emotions on the impactful questions of life. WAF is driven by a desire to heal the idleness of sentient beings. They generate heterotopias of availability to oneself. They opens themselves up to a creative future that puts scenography at the center of their artistic research. Their visual art works are known to be of magical substance, inviting the audience to open doors to impossible arenas, to fragments of dreams we have forgotten that we had.Follow WAF on IG: @_w__a__f_Host: Louna bent Abdelmoula SbouGuest(s): Wafa Benromdan aka WAF Postproduction: Nadia Hamdan, Khadija AlaminMusic: Nathan BernierProduced by Oyoun | www.oyoun.de  | IG/fb: @oyounberlin
In this episode, Kopano Maroga takes us on a journey through their cultural work, their inter-disciplinary collaborations, and their embodied practice. This episode reflects on the ancestral body noise process from Dumama & Kechou’s perspective, resulting in poignant conversations contemplating the complexities of the South African socio-cultural, political landscape and the role of the artist. Dumama and Kechou know Kopano from their time in Cape Town, and listeners get a glimpse of the 3 artists’ trajectories which honour imaginative resistance and the political, poetic imagination. Kopano shares insights and experiences concerned with post-humanism, gender, and the potent tools of biomythography and critical fabulation in the development of their dissertation piece, The Jesus Thesis. Kopano has also just released a riveting ontology of poems titled, The Jesus Thesis and Other Critical Fabulations. “Maroga appropriates and creates a (sometimes literal) collage of religious imagery, sexual want, and embodiedness - eventually widening their gaze to encompass the realities faced by black, queer, femme and trans folk in South Africa and further afield.” - African Books Collective. Engage with the work here: africanbookscollective.com/books/jesus-thesis-and-other-critical-fabulations  Song referenced in the podcast, South African folklore piece Ntyilo Ntyilo (this version by Miriam Makeba: youtu.be/XlTLtkj_KNU---The Ancestral Body Noise project is part of Oyoun's EMBODIED TEMPORALITIES curatorial focus.
The first two episodes of this ancestral body noise podcast series were a window into the 6-week long ritual performance workshops. This episode archives the manifestation of the embodied memory exploration. What you hear are the pre-composed ancestral body noise soundscapes, and live sound making that accompanied a ritual that encompassed a plethora of functions: from safe mourning space, manifesting collective protection and healing, commiseration on the state of the people and the planet. Together, the ritual participants connected embodied memory with a collective, Afrotectopian system that honours our ancient sentient technology of our individual and collective ancestry.The episode ends with an engaging Q&A after the performance, where the community in attendance asked the participants questions about the process. Ritual participants: Astaan Anais Meyer, Nane Kahle, Kerim Melik Becker, Jessica Korp, Beverley Kotawali, Exoce Kasango, Gugulethu Dumama Duma---The ancestral body noise project is part of Oyoun's EMBODIED TEMPORALITIES curatorial focus.
OyoUniverse Podcast | Episode 2 | Fragmented Trajectories: Traces of u(s)a n c e s t r a l b o d y n o i s eA Collective Exploration Of Ritual and Performance// podcasts // workshops // process // documentation //________________________________________________________________________________________________OyoUniverse brings sonic explorations of orbits from within and around. Featuring Ancestral Body Noise participants Nane Khale, Astaan KA, Kechou (Kerim Malik Becker), Beverly “KöTA WALi” Renekouzou and research curator, Gugulethu Duma (Dumama).This second episode, Myth Making: An Ancestor’s Body Howls, is the second podcast workshop for the Ancestral Body Noise process. Embodied practitioner and cultural worker, Qondiswa James shares her wisdom and experiences regarding the nuance, intensity and depth of navigating ancestral callings within white Cape Town institutions in her post-colonial cultural worker praxis. After an inspired sharing of histories, identities and biographies, Qondiswa guides the collective on a journey of myth making, stamping, releasing, deep breathing while learning to arrive with our entire bodies. We explore what it means to see with our hands, touch with our minds and return to the primal place to listen from the core. The remarkable performers surrender to the intensity and tenderness of Qondiswa’s facillitation - and share reflections honestly. This episode is full of breath, body sound, soundscapes and technology as we collectively explore the poetics of the political imagination as Afro-diaspora practitioners in Berlin in ritual with a practitioner in Cape Town. This project is part of Oyoun‘s curatorial focus: "EMBODIED TEMPORALITIES"The program sets to investigate the embodied memories and identities through diasporic and gender-critical perspectives. The body emerges as a changing relationship and at the same time unfolds as an ethical horizon and challenge for the (un)making of the self, identity, and belonging. “Embodied Temporalities’ will unravel the possibilities by the means of the language of art while exploring and diversifying collaborations through intersectional, anti-fascist, and decolonial perspectives.For press and media enquiries, please email us at hallo@oyoun.de
A Collective Exploration Of Ritual and Performance - Featuring Ancestral Body Noise participants Nane Kahle, Astaan KA, Kechou (Kerim Malik Becker) and research curator, Gugulethu Duma (Dumama). This episode reflects on the first of the Ancestral Body Noise workshops that took place in Berlin at Oyoun, while the participants engage in a conversation about multidisciplinary and imaginative resistance as ways to decentralize knowledge production, toppling the hierarchies of how we acknowledge, accept ourselves and our experiences. These artists, activists, and healers are concerned with decoloniality and are joined by Cape Town-based multidisciplinary artist Duduetsang Lamola (blk.banaana) over a call.Together, the group of Afro-diaspora explores asymmetrical mirroring between sonic and visual, while deep-diving into blk banana’s collage method as a means of reversing the colonial gaze, critical fabulation as healing and channeling spirit technology in our practices as people of the global majority. Duduetsang Lamola is the visual thread for the Ancestral Body Noise project, and the collaboration continues up until our final ceremony on 19/09.TEAMArtistic Direction: Madhumita Nandi (Oyoun)Curator: Gulethu Anathi Duma (@dumamamusic) Facilitators: Duduetsang Lamola (@blk.banaana),Qondiswa James (@blkgrl.radikl), Adriana Jamisse (@ajamisse), Yandhe Sallah Muhammed (@rivoltasata) and Kopano Maroga (@kopano.maroga)Graphic Designer: Duduetsang Lamola (@blk.banaana) More Announcement + Artists will be introduced in the course of the process. Stay updated and connected by tuning into our weekly podcasts._______________________________________________________________________________* This project is part of Oyoun‘s curatorial focus "EMBODIED TEMPORALITIES"The program sets to investigate the embodied memories and identities through diasporic and gender-critical perspectives. The body emerges as a changing relationship and at the same time unfolds as an ethical horizon and challenge for the (un)making of the self, identity, and belonging. “Embodied Temporalities’ will unravel the possibilities by the means of the language of art while exploring and diversifying collaborations through intersectional, anti-fascist, and decolonial perspectives.
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