Network Music Festival

Sound without Borders // 15-18th July 2020

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هي Heya // Fragments

Fragments uses various networking techniques such as Zoom or collaborative ‘distributed listening’ app LiveShout (developed by Dr Franziska Schroeder and Prof Pedro Rebelo at Queens University, Belfast) and the LocusSonus soundmap so that performers can ‘jam’ remotely.

Mixing and reacting to each other’s field recordings and sonic experiments, collaboration becomes a horizontal and egalitarian method of decolonising musicological research, circumventing top down, traditional methods and conclusions. The limitations of the online platforms in addition to unstable internet access presents challenges to the collaborators. The experiment’s aim is not necessarily to present a beautiful sonic piece or score but to reflect on the artists’ experience of playing together apart.

Heya (هي) (‘she’ in Arabic and also a friendly greeting in English) is a research project facilitated by PhD researcher, sound artist and composer Jilliene Sellner that works towards bridging women who make sound, noise, field recordings, experimental music, and electronic music with each other and a global audience. The main geographical areas of focus are Cairo, Tehran, Istanbul and Beirut as a set of examples of homogenous contexts but which all have experienced uprising and suppression since the Arab and Green Springs and Geza Park protests.

The co-creation consists of live networked performances between Nour Sokhon (LE), Jilliene Sellner (CA/UK), Yara Mekawei (EG) and Zeynep Ayşe Hatipoğlu (TU).

Jilliene Sellner is a UK-based Canadian practicing sonic artist and producer. Sellner has performed and had installations in the UK, Belgium, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Her solo sound, video and photographic work considers the irrevocably entwined relationship between human activity and the environment. Her recordings emphasize human occupation and enterprise, evidence the interconnections between utility, exploitation, defense, leisure and environmental conservation. Field recordings and archival material are key ingredients to Sellner’s compositions.