For the exhibition Numinous Beginnings at Lydgalleriet, Anne Cecilie Lie has made a new version of the geolocative site-sensitive sound-walk Entangled Formations initially created for the Prague Quadrennial 2019. The new sound-walk, placed at Nordnes in Bergen, focuses on bird species that could call both places home. At a time when travel is difficult, Entangled Formation – Bergen Edition, offers an auditive journey between two places entangled through the lives of birds.
Entangled Formations (2019) weaves together stories and sounds of avian inhabitants of Prague: local, migratory, and visiting birds. The listener’s routes intermingle with the ones sonified through the geolocative app Echoes, creating a non-linear narrative of past, present, and future.
The walk includes among others extensive field recordings of birds in Prague and interviews with ornithologist Petr Vorisek from the Czech Ornithological Society made during spring and summer 2019.
The work encourages us to listen closely and relate more intimately to our immediate surroundings and whom we share our spaces and cross paths with.
We are all part of an entangled network of different species and entities—a delicate, intricate, vast weave including all living and non-living things. Sound as an omnipresent and physical, yet highly ephemeral phenomenon is potent for representing this complex mesh that surrounds us, but that we do not always see or take into account. GPS and the internet are ubiquitous phenomena as well, a completely integrated part of our ecology in this post-technological era. Its patterns can look like the threads of neuro-patterns, but also like bird migration routes.
To experience the walk, you can download the free app Echoes. Make sure to give the app access to your GPS location and turn on GPS on your phone. Download or stream Entangled Formations – Bergen Edition. To experience the walk, you need to be present at Nordnes. The spheres in the app represent soundscapes you can walk into and listen in on, but you can walk wherever you please and for as long as you like.
The exhibition Numinous Beginnings at Lydgalleriet runs from the 28th of November 2020 until the 17th of January 2021. The soundwork Entangled Formations – Bergen Edition will however be available for all forseeable future.
Entangled Formations – Bergen Edition is developed at BEK.
Anne Cecilie Lie
Through her work, Anne Cecilie Lie (NO, b. 1983) examines how to create in the Anthropocene, with its accompanying philosophical and ethical questions, as well as for possible futures. She points out blind spots in social and built structures and proposes new alternatives for co-existence to the human-centric/exceptional. Site-specificity and cross-pollination are intrinsic to her work, inspired by Donna Haraway’s theories of tentacular thinking, based on feministic, post-colonial, scientific and fabulating approaches to collaborative futures with humans and non-humans alike. Lie holds an MA in scenography from the Norwegian Theatre Academy and a BA in Fine Arts from Trondheim Academy of Fine Arts.