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5894379Em'kal Eyongakpa: Tahjese #3i / barin bachckcrck #4
DateWednesday 30th October 2019 to Saturday 7th December 2019
DescriptionThe Showroom presents 'Tahjese #3i / barin bach?k?r?k #4', an immersive sculptural environment and the first solo commission in the UK by artist Em'kal Eyongakpa. The installation forms part of 'so batu' (2016-19), an ongoing body of work including live sonic sketches, processions and kinetic sound sculptures through which Eyongakpa explores ideas around portals, crossings and water in relation to resistance movements from the Gulf of Guinea and beyond. 'Tahjese #3i/ barin bach?k?r?k #4' constitutes interacting fragments developed both onsite at The Showroom and at Eyongakpa's studios throughout summer 2019. The title is written in Kenyan, a language widely spoken in the Cross River basin in Cameroon. The subtitles have multiple readings drawing from indigenous aesthetics recurrent in the Manyu region and clock/time signatures from rhythmic structures, which inform Eyongakpa's new water-based sound sculptures for 'so batu' / 'ear bath' reflections. This project includes a multi-channel sound composition produced from a combination of field recordings made in and around Tahjese and various bodies of water in the former Southern Cameroons and the Mediterranean; as well as recordings from water pipes and wind channelled through air vents in Eyongakpa's workspaces. The composition interacts and alternates with sounds generated by water-based polyrhythmic sound sculptures, and found sound excerpts from the ongoing conflict in former Southern Cameroons. The sonic environment is set in an electronic organic installation with bio-polymerised fungal mycelium-scapes, embedded with texts, plant fibres, electric wires and coconut shells. Structures of hardened cotton and plants are interwoven with the sculptures and resulting sounds are transcribed visually by custom-made, touch-triggered and midi-controlled sound/light interfaces. Em'kal Eyongakpa holds degrees in Plant biology and Ecology from the University of Yaounde 1, Cameroon, and was a resident at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. He approaches experienced, unknown and collective histories through a ritual use of repetition and transformation, drawing from indigenous knowledge systems, ethnobotany, applied mycology and technology. Eyongakpa's 'so batu' has developed across international sites through sonic dialogues with sound artists, poets and musicians, as well as workshops with displaced communities that focus on building analogue rhythmic systems. Curated by Elvira Dyangani Ose and Lily Hall.
Time(s)Wed-Sat 12noon-6pm
LocationThe Showroom
Address63 Penfold Street
Post codeNW8 8PQ
Telephone No.020 7724 4300
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