Notes from Below is a three-pronged project that brings together the works of artists and musicians whose research, poetics, and discursive practices are attuned to sounding out and listening in. The exhibition runs from May 11th to June 10th at ACUD Gallery and will be accompanied by a discourse and music programme on May 20th at ACUD Club.
The month-long exhibition, under the same title, opens on May 11th, featuring the work of Gilles Aubry, Keli Safia Maksud, Sara Ouhaddou, and Simnikiwe Buhlungu. These works can be thought of as creative notes that search beyond the surface of inscription (cultural, sociological, and technological) to creatively interrogate, recover, and imagine traditions, practices, and knowledge. The artworks here are thought of as notes whose arrangements create a composition of ideas and perspectives within the exhibition space.
The discourse and music program on May 20th at ACUD Club features a live performance by Lila Tirando a Violeta and a DJ set by Abadir (Berlin-based), further extending the principle of the exhibition through their musical performances. They merge different rhythmic styles from globally connected subcultures, creating speculative soundscapes that traverse sound art and pop music. They blend percussion, and layered effects with geophysical, and biological sounds, defying categorisation to offer a critical and forward-looking mix.
The performances, along with the artist talks, will take place on the same evening, May 20th, at ACUD Club. Lila Tirando a Violeta will discuss her album Desire Path, released on the Mexico City-based club label N.A.A.F.I, and its underlying concept and musical practice. Gilles Aubry (Berlin-based) will launch his book Sawt, Bodies, Species - Sonic Pluralism in Morocco, published by adocs Press, which offers an account of sound and aurality in Morocco.