Friday 16 September
from 14:00 CEST until 12:00 noon on Saturday 17 September
SPF 22, is a 22 hour experimental radio art composition by interdisciplinary conceptual sound artist Ricardo iamuuri Robinson. These recordings use a variety of tarpaulins made from different raw materials (such as aluminum foil, durable plastic, and waterproofed canvas). Each tarp recording collects site specific ambiance and subtle movements performed by black bodies. Archival audio clips ranging from political interviews, news weather reports, and sunscreen warnings, will contribute to the overall sonic marathon. This radio art transmits voices and sounds which articulate the interrelationship between sunlight and the struggle against forces determined to control where it shines. The resulting 22 hour broadcast will become a meditation articulating a historical conflict, thereby leaving the listener to reimagine a future inspired by a new solar narrative.
The concept is inspired by Ricardo iamuuri Robinson’s most recent works of art: Blackbody, White Noise, and La’Vender Freddy’s Sunscreen Conspiracy project.
Ricardo iamuuri Robinson is an interdisciplinary conceptual sound recordist, composer, and visual artist whose work explores acoustic ecologies: a discipline studying the relationship between human beings and their environment, mediated through sound. His work activates and responds to his own personal mantra, “The listener is always the composer.” Packed in this statement is an expansive truth – humans, across time and space, encounter sound through bias filtrations. Humans navigate the world and its multifaceted harmonics as who they are; through their experiences and their positionalities. Sound is site-specific, yet world-trekking; it is planetary – if not experienced through the ear, then through the hum and resonance in the body.
Robinson’s work utilizes his unique knowledge of the medium in order to (re)tell the story of sound. His work affects our sense of time and place. The exposure to sound is mediated through our environmental relations – cities sound different from suburbs, affluent neighborhoods sound different than working-class communities, North sounds different than South, mountain ranges sound different than urban pavement, and yesterday sounds different than today. Each pocket of Earth holds its own soundscape, which exists in an entangled relationship with authoritarian systems that be.
Employing research, field recordings, archiving, media archeology, filmmaking, performance art, and creative listening engagements, Robinson invites listeners to cultivate a deeper understanding of the ways in which we inform our sense of place and awareness while exposing the listener to the sociopolitical dimensions of sound to encourage a heightened engagement with systems of power.