18 episodes

OyoUniverse brings sonic explorations of orbits from within and around

OyoUniverse Oyoun

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OyoUniverse brings sonic explorations of orbits from within and around

    Tracing emotions: on stillness, meditation and letting thoughts wander. A talk with Asmaa Sbou

    Tracing emotions: on stillness, meditation and letting thoughts wander. A talk with Asmaa Sbou

    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

    • 22 min
    All that you touch you change, all that you change changes you with Suelen Calonga I Ancestral Body Noise: Rituals of Real(ease)

    All that you touch you change, all that you change changes you with Suelen Calonga I Ancestral Body Noise: Rituals of Real(ease)

    "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

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    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.

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    Artwork: Duduetsang Lamola (IG: @blk.banaana)
    Postproduction: Dylan Hunter Chee Greene (IG: @dylangreene_hunterchee)

    • 51 min
    Pushing paper, pushing spirit with Sailesh Nadu I Ancestral Body Noise: Rituals of Real(ease)

    Pushing paper, pushing spirit with Sailesh Nadu I Ancestral Body Noise: Rituals of Real(ease)

    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

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    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.

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    Artwork: Duduetsang Lamola (IG: @blk.banaana)
    Postproduction: Dylan Hunter Chee Greene (IG: @dylangreene_hunterchee)

    • 1 hr 8 min
    From North America to Africa: on relocating, schizophrenic arts, bones and anthropology. A talk with Yasmina Alaoui

    From North America to Africa: on relocating, schizophrenic arts, bones and anthropology. A talk with Yasmina Alaoui

    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 Alamin
    Music: Nathan Bernier (@kutnathan)
    Produced by: www.oyoun.de
    IG/FB: @oyounberlin

    • 33 min
    Sent here to be sentient with Indrani Ashe I Ancestral Body Noise: Rituals of Real(ease)

    Sent here to be sentient with Indrani Ashe I Ancestral Body Noise: Rituals of Real(ease)

    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


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    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.

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    Artwork: Duduetsang Lamola (IG: @blk.banaana)
    Postproduction: Dylan Hunter Chee Greene (IG: @dylangreene_hunterchee)

    • 1 hr 6 min
    On creativity, authenticity and speaking honestly with oneself: A talk with Natalie Greffel

    On creativity, authenticity and speaking honestly with oneself: A talk with Natalie Greffel

    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)

    • 22 min

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