App with geo-triggered audio walks, plus guided walks
VUMA Soner honours the voices, stories and talent of people of colour in Scandinavia. It is an app created by VUMA Projects with geo-triggered immersive audio experiences. This chapter of the app contains a collection of thoughts, reflections, and conversations, remembered or spontaneous, tied to specific landmarks, buildings and areas in the city of Bergen. The authors are all living in Bergen, some speaking in Norwegian and some in English. The sounds can be accessed in six central locations through a free downloadable app, which can be combined into one long, or multiple small walks. Production of the app is supported by the City of Bergen, the Arts Council of Norway and BEK.
How to access the app
To find the app, go to an app store (Google Play or App Store) on your mobile device. Search for “VUMA Soner” and download it for free. Create an account and select the walk. The audio experiences are linked to GPS locations and will be triggered when you walk into the zone of your selected walk. If your signal is weak in some areas, you can download the walks onto your device beforehand. Just be sure to keep the GPS on.
Guided walks (sign-up needed)
VUMA Projects will host guided city walks on 14th, 21st (postponed), 28th and 29th November at 12.00. Meeting place at Bergen Library by the entrance to the café Amalies Hage. The walk will take approximately two hours from start to finish, with breaks.
Due to Covid-19 the number of attendants are limited. Email us beforehand to reserve a spot: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don’t have a smartphone or tablet, we can provide one for you, but please let us know via email at least one day in advance.
Vu•ma \vumə\ noun
Origin: Swahili / Bantu
1: a buzz or rumble 2: a loud sound 3: a trend; news known among many people 4: a movement 5: a strong wind.
VUMA Projects is an initiative to see more young people of colour heard and represented in Scandinavia, on their own terms. It was started in Bergen, Norway by four women of multicultural backgrounds. VUMA Projects write, edit, research, run events, consult on diversity practice, and much more.
VUMA Soner is made by Sheila Kassim, Majenneh Dukuly and Christa Mako Teigen with additional sound elements and mastering by Tolga Balci.
Thank you to the participants Lulú G. Beamont, Maritza Villegas Senneseth, Junaid Alam, Fahim Mohammed Al Zahir, Alfa Mukendi and Michael Tetteh Nartey.
VUMA Soner is supported by Bergen Kommune, Kulturrådet, and BEK/Future DiverCities.
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Several of the art projects are financed or commissioned by BEK, while others are existing works presented in new formats. A video program will be on show throughout the project period and there will be an extensive program of talks and performances. Please read more about the project and the programme here.