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Climata: Capturing Change at a Time of Ecological Crisis

How much attention do you pay to surrounding soundscapes? Sound can both affect the world we inhabit and inform us about it. It is the connecting element in the international exchange project CLIMATA, developed with sound artist Lasse-Marc Riek, the Goethe-Institut, PRAKSIS, NOTAM and Teknisk Museum.

Climata residency programme© PRAKSIS

About the project

German sound artist Lasse-Marc Riek uses field recording to explore acoustic ecology, bio-acoustics and soundscapes. Together with the Norwegian not-for-profit organization PRAKSIS, the idea evoked to create a project that takes its starting point from questions Riek addresses in his practice. They include:

  • What can sound tell us about how the world is changing and our future?
  • What effects are human-generated soundscapes having on biodiversity and climate?
  • In what ways can ecological change be represented to instigate meaningful change?
Seven artists from Norway, Peru, Pakistan and Belgium will try to answer these questions in the following months.

About the participants

  • Siri Austeen ©Siri Austeen
  • Geraldine Vanspauwen ©Geraldine Vanspauwen
  • Gustavo Valdivia ©Gustavo Valdivia
  • Margrethe Iren Pettersen ©Margrethe Iren Pettersen
  • Elly Stormer Vadseth ©Elly Stormer Vadseth
  • Maria Wang Kvalheim ©Maria Wang Kvalheim
  • Sarah Kazmi ©Sarah Kazmi

Residency structure

This residency extends over a six-month period. Initially, 2 x two-week-long periods of group residency activity based in Oslo were planned. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the first two parts of the project will be realised digitally. Externs are invited to watch the development of the residencies` dialogue via digital platforms and their outcome presented in Oslo in October. 
You will find more information about upcoming events on the PRAKSIS facebook page.

Part one: Introduction and Research via digital platforms
30 April 2020 - 1 October 2020 

Multiple intensive sessions on the digital platform Zoom allowed the participants to introduce their practices and share ideas with an international public audience. Their aim was to define the residency’s foci, look at work being done in the field, and discuss its possible directions, intentions and methods. Reviews can be found here.
The dialogue will continue in regular online meetings until September. 

Tue 1 September Mikel R. Nieto; Oil and climate
Tue 9 September Conversation: Annea Lockwood and Leah Barclay; Contemporary history and change of rivers (recordings/project introductions and subsequent discussion between the three.)
Tue 15 September Budhaditya Chattopadhyay; Unrecord: Demodernising and/or uncolonising sound objects.
Tue 29 September Hildegard Westerkamp; Modification of the recording
Possible topic is about current or early experiences with field recordings and changes in approach.

Part two: Implementation and Results, based in Oslo 
Arrival 5 October 2020 - Departure 17 October 2020 

Residents will unite to discuss, install and disseminate project outcomes. Potential formats include interviews, sound collages/compositions, archival displays, visualizations, performances, actions in urban spaces, and more. 


About Praksis

Exchange across borders and disciplines is vital for building strong creative practice and cultural understanding and generating change.

PRAKSIS was established in 2015 in response to this problem. Founded by artist Nicholas John Jones, PRAKSIS is a not-for-profit organisation that works with experienced creative professionals and other bodies to facilitate thematically focused, supportive residencies for local and international practitioners and thinkers. PRAKSIS builds communities linking makers and theorists at all career stages. It does not charge participant and welcomes applications for each residency from anyone with relevant experience and interests.

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