Ground Swell works with the low and slow vibrations of geophony to imagine an extension of the time spaces of listening and feeling. How can the temporal spaces of our auditory worlds be stretched, expanded, and extended to create new spaces and temporalities of attention and perception? Sensitive field recording devices are used to uncover extended scales and timings of sounds that aim to (re)orient a temporal somatics through sound. WAVES is an offering to practice together, to give our bodies as resonant spaces for each other, to be together in the wild spaces of grief, of joy, of healing.
From May to December 2021 Siegmar Zacharias and her team together with the FFT Düsseldorf and the Sophiensæle Berlin offer a series of Listening Sessions to experience this being shaken and connected through waves sensorially and affectively. The Listening Sessions are sound meditations to dwell together in a space where we do not have to be alone. Building on a feminist practice of nurturing and regenerating, the intention is to support transformative quaking while also acknowledging the complicated grief that is present at this time. A core question here is: How can we be together differently?
Siegmar Zacharias (RO/D) works with different formats that deal with the juxtaposition and opposition of theory and material. These oscillate aesthetically between labor and humor, do-it-yourself low- and high-tech. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in theaters and festivals, in galleries and conferences, in greenhouses, in the forest and in the sky. Zacharias is a member of the collective SXS Enterprise and co-founder of the artistic exchange and research platform WOW - WE WORK HERE. In addition to her art, she is also a lecturer. She works with people and uncontrollable material such as smoke, mucus and the nervous system. For example, SLIME DYNAMICS and Drooling Lecture were created. With the idea of doing artistic research in public, she developed 24-hour immersive curatorial projects under the title Training for political imagination since 2017, where researchers*, artists*, activists* were invited to share their work with the audience. Events emerged such as: The Other Thing (MDT Stockholm 2017), Intimacy with Death (Agora Berlin 2018), Posthuman Solidarities (FFT Düsseldorf 2019), ANIMAterialities - The Future of Grief (FFT Düsseldorf 2020).
Samuel Hertz (b. 1987 in Washington, D.C., USA) is a Berlin-based sound artist and researcher who explores connections between sound and climate, emphasizing geological, ecological, and social listening practices on more than just a human scale.
He studied composition with Pauline Oliveros, Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins, and Maggi Payne at Mills College. Hertz's performances span a wide range of media, including IMAX films, surround sound installations, interstellar broadcasts, and doom metal concerts. He is the author of nine papers on the relationships between sound and the environment, including a recent work for the Onassis Institute and contributions to an upcoming book by the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Previous works of his have been presented at Ars Electronica Festival 2020 (AT), Palais de Tokyo (FR), Fylkingen (SE), National Science + Media Museum (UK), and Opera North (UK), among others. Most recently, Hertz has been dedicating his time to DOOM (with Layton Lachman), a durational performance in the form of a doom metal concert, soon to be performed at the BONE Festival for Performance Art (CH) and at the Tanztage Berlin 2022 at Sophiensæle.