VUMA Soner app to “The Ocean”

Bergen 28.08.2021 31.10.2021


The VUMA collective has developed a new iteration of the geo-triggered audio app VUMA Soner, which will be presented as part of the exhibition The Ocean at Bergen Kunsthall opening on 28 August 2021.

In the form of a guided tour, a racialised Bergenser tells local histories, using the moving in and out of Bergen via the sea as a departure point to examine the historical presence and impact of diasporic peoples in Bergen. The app invites audiences to visit three places in the city: Narvesen Rundetårnet on Torget, Sukkerhusgaten at Nøstet, where sugar arrived from the Carribean colonies, and Thormøhlens gate in Møhlenpris, named after a Bergen merchant who strongly influenced the Danish-Norwegian slave trade. 

  • Project development: Sheila Feruzi, Christa Mako Teigen
  • Sound: Ahmet Tolga Balci
  • Creative writing consultant: John Mukaya, Marcus McLeggon
  • Voice acting: Marcus McLeggon
  • Research: Nora Mohammed, Adam H. Moshi 
  • Artistic consultant: Amber Ablett

VUMA Soner 2 expands on VUMA´s earlier work VUMA Soner 1, which was commissioned by BEK as part of the project Latent City – Den latente byen.

Photos: Wengeal Abebe