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SUNDAY 11.10.2020:

17:00-18:00: SOUND AS DIVINITY WITH Luis Pérez Ixoneztli.

Episode Two: MAKING MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

The first encounters with music by prehistoric humans were based on their deep observations of the already-existing rhythms and landscapes created by the interacting sounds of elements in the natural world. Luis Perez Ixoneztli traces sound as a divinity, guiding us into the cultivation of music and musical instruments in ancient Mexico.

18:00- 19:00: THE GROUND IS NO LONGER FLAT IF IT IS FULL OF HOLES WITH Siraj Izhar, Arlette Louise Ndakoze and Antonia Alampi

THE GROUND IS NO LONGER FLAT IF IT IS FULL OF HOLES

In this radio series in three parts, SAVVYZAAR visits our current exhibition RAUPENIMMERSATTISM, and further problematizes the THE AFFLUENT SOCIETY AS CONSUMED SOCIETY OR THE MYTH OF ENDLESS PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION as found in most capitalist societies today around the world. We ask what happened to the dreams dreamt by the architects of neoliberal economy? What happened to the dreams dreamt by the believers and disciples of free economy and the social state? Together with activists and artists, we will look for answers in the holes that constitute our economical, legal, and social realms today. In this attempt, we try to find a common ground that can no longer be flat and can no longer live off of the myth of a solid, unified whole ground, if this whole ground is not addressing the exploitative and unequal lived experiences by the most vulnerable communities among us. Drawing from Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung’s concept for the exhibition project, we posit: “what does that mean for the citizens and how does this trickle down to the people whose social conditions have kept them under the poverty belt, but who have constantly been sold the idea that with increased production and consumption they might be able to free themselves from that status.”

In the first episode, we visit the London based activist and artists Siraj Izhar, and together with Arlette Ndakoze and Antonia Alampi, we look into the very challenging times we are living in. We question how nation states have failed to protect the most vulnerable communities among us in the time of a pandemic, and specifically discussing the relationship between “laborer” and “worker” conditions and the restrictions imposed on migrant and marginalized communities specifically in the context of England. Izhar makes us question how the whole economical system is rupturing and how the formal economy creates an informal economy, which is thriving off of exploitation, and how certain divisions and structures have been inherited from colonialism and adapted in capitalism. Glimpsing on what the author refers to as “grey zones”, found within a consumerist society, we look at the implications of exploitive labor conditions, as illuminated by the COVID-19 crisis, which are affecting mostly the working class migrant and ethnic minorities communities, with little to nothing access to security or economic stability.

MUSIC “Kyenkyen Bi Adi Mawu” by K. Frimpong and His Cubano Fiestas, “Walk 4 Ground” by Blay Ambolley, and “Hail the King” by Wali & The Afro Caravan