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2017 Koumaria Residency Blog 2

By October 12, 2017June 13th, 2019At the residency

Today was dominated by a series of interviews with villagers, each one offering its own surprises. Luckly, upon reaching the village a truck selling live poultry was parked, and we made a surround-sound recording of the assorted cluckings and cooings. Many interviews were then conducted, some of the highlights including a 87 year old former professional singer, after some coaxing, breaking into traditional song. A 93 and a 94 year old women were both interviewed, revealing much about the history of courtship, family building, and domestic work in the village, along with insights into the assorted waves of village migration, and signal moments in the village’s history, from both WW2 and the civil war. Many rich narratives of village life emerged, and residents are thinking about ways of integrating this material into both app content and performance. After a delicious dinner there was a second jam, featuring electronics, live signal processing, video and movement. The cool evening had us set two fires, and as the night progressed groups of residents huttled near the flames, discussing projects to work on in the following days.

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