SEA(S)GRANTS, Ionion Centre for the Arts and Culture, Kefalonia, Greece.

The Ionion Centre is a kind supporter of this project.  With their support we aim to take acoustic measurements in the Mellisani Cave Lake as well as to do field recordings in various places on the island.

In 2018, I attended ‘Resound, Sound and Space Research’, organised and curated by Sandra Volny and hosted at the Ionion Centre for the Arts and Culture in Kefalonia Island in Greece. We shared a very special time, listening, recording, sharing and exploring ideas around listening, sound ecology, poetry of sound and space with each other. The group consisted of Danish sound artist Jacob Kirkegaard, Frouke Wiarda, Marie-Douce St-Jacques, Andrea-Jane Cornell, Claudia Mattai del Moro, Pierre Leichner, Simon Belair and me.

During this time I created a water video piece about the Ionion Sea: a silent witness of the hopes, struggles and often inhumane moments as they reveal the worth of life in the context of migration.

I used some of these recordings to create an ‘abstract’ sound experience inside the acoustic atlas, where I used hydraphone and water recording as fake impulse responses, so the listener can convolve their voices with water instead of the typical acoustic reflections. This opens up a very interesting poetic/artistic dimension, both conceptually and sonically. 

In the atlas, click on Kefalonia to navigate to these two fictional sites.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 897905.

© 2020 Cobi van Tonder
Cultivating the Capacity to Listen