Monday, June 18, 2007

Sahelian landscapes turned into sound Wed and Thu this week near London Bridge

There's an unusual and interesting sounding (literally) event coming up on the 20th and 21st - turning the Sahelian landscape into art and sound - at a gallery near London Bridge. Click here for more. Download the pdf flyer at the bottom of the page for a more detailed take on the show.

Pasted below is some text from the flyer, if you can't be bothered to download it:

Landscapes reflect the lives
and histories of the people who
live in them. Scientific analysis
of the soil can be used to
examine how people lived in
the past and provide lessons for
future management of landscapes
in extreme or fragile

The Sahel in Africa is an area at the fringe of the Sahara desert.
It is one of the world’s most marginal environments yet is home
to over 50 million people. With a dry season lasting eight
months of the year and unreliable rainfall, survival is hard for
farming communities. Climate change is keenly felt in the
Sahel. Understanding how people managed this landscape
during past periods of climate change is essential in developing
successful responses to future changes.

Soils can store information
recording the way people
have affected the land over
thousands of years. Microscopic
fragments of different
objects found in the soil can
tell us about past landscapes.
The colour, size and number of
fragments offer further clues
about the management of

New means of understanding past landscapes - The latest
advances in visual and sonic technologies allow us to illuminate
and make audible these ancient landscapes. In this unique
installation, a computer explores and represents nearly 10,000
years of soil records, revealing them in different colours and
perspectives. Sounds of the Sahel, and sounds made afresh are
recalled and shaped by the computer using scientific information
taken from the soil itself.


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