15 episodes

A podcast about the poetics of sound and its power to disrupt norms and transform society. Each episode presents conversations with musicians, sound artists, and theatre-makers, with a special ear for postcolonial and/or queer sonic possibilities. Season 1 (Feb-April 2023) was launched for Black History Month with a focus on New York and Chicago. Season 2 (Sep-Oct 2023) features artists based in Berlin, Paris, and Yogyakarta. Our new season starting in February 2024 features South African voices and sounds.
A project conceived by Dr. Layla Zami for the Collaborative Research Center Intervening Arts (SFB 1512 Intervenierende Künste) and the Performance Studies Department (Institut für Theaterwissenschaft) at Freie Universität Berlin.
Special thanks: P&T Knitwear Bookstore and Podcast Studio, Blueprint Studio Johannesburg
Co-produced by Eufoniker Audioproduktion

Sonic Interventions Intervening Arts - Freie Universität Berlin

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A podcast about the poetics of sound and its power to disrupt norms and transform society. Each episode presents conversations with musicians, sound artists, and theatre-makers, with a special ear for postcolonial and/or queer sonic possibilities. Season 1 (Feb-April 2023) was launched for Black History Month with a focus on New York and Chicago. Season 2 (Sep-Oct 2023) features artists based in Berlin, Paris, and Yogyakarta. Our new season starting in February 2024 features South African voices and sounds.
A project conceived by Dr. Layla Zami for the Collaborative Research Center Intervening Arts (SFB 1512 Intervenierende Künste) and the Performance Studies Department (Institut für Theaterwissenschaft) at Freie Universität Berlin.
Special thanks: P&T Knitwear Bookstore and Podcast Studio, Blueprint Studio Johannesburg
Co-produced by Eufoniker Audioproduktion

    Portraits of Queer Joy

    Portraits of Queer Joy

    Season 4 of Sonic Interventions (episodes 14-17) takes listeners to Poland, and is guest-curated by Adriana Raczykowski. She is in conversation with Polish artistists, activists and curators who intervene into society through curation, drag performance, visual arts, and podcasting. This episode features 100Lesb.com, a portrait cycle of one hundred Polish lesbians and non-binary people in Warsaw. Our guest host is in conversation with co-curators Ola Kamińka and Wojtek Zrałek-Kossakowski. They touch upon reclaiming representation and queer resourcefulness as forms of intervention.

    • 26 min
    From Ethnographic Colonialism to Sound Collages

    From Ethnographic Colonialism to Sound Collages

    This conversation with Zara Julius concludes our third podcast season dedicated to South African sound art and cultures. The artist shares thoughts on and samples from her exhibition “Whatever You Throw At The Sea” (Weltmuseum Vienna, Austria), and critically reflects on (post)colonial structures in museums and archives in relation to her artistic research.

    • 29 min
    Song and Gender in Zulu Cultures

    Song and Gender in Zulu Cultures

    In this episode recorded at the University of Pretoria, Prof. Nompumelelo Zondi, gives insights into her book on women’s song in rural Zulu culture. She presents an understanding of song as a medium of resistance and resilience, and uses her own voice to share examples.

    • 32 min
    Invoking South African Histories

    Invoking South African Histories

    This episode features cellist, composer, and scholar Dr. Thokozani Mhlambi, who talks about the role of radio, music traditions as cultural archives, and baroque cello in the context of South Africa. He discusses and shares excerpts of his “Zulu Song Cycle” and the production “Hail to the King” about Dingane kaSenzangakhona.

    • 28 min
    Contemporary Vibrations of Xhosa Traditions

    Contemporary Vibrations of Xhosa Traditions

    Our third season centers South African Sound Cultures and is curated by our main host Dr. Layla Zami. In this episode, she is in conversation with multi-instrumentalist and composer Sky Dladla. Dladla speaks of her love for Indigenous Xhosa instruments, the intersection of traditional and contemporary performance culture, and her collaboration with artists such as Zolani Mahola. Recorded at Blueprint Studios in Johannesburg.

    • 33 min
    Resounding Rhythms

    Resounding Rhythms

    Season 2 closes with a conversation between Victoria Pham and Emma Lo. Victoria Pham introduces us to the many intersections of her work as an evolutionary biologist and artist. The conversation focuses on rhythm and listening in Pham’s research and practices, and Pham's and James Nguyen's open source project RE:SOUNDING.

    • 23 min

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