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UNSETTLING II: A guided meditation to the sea (2017)

The work deals with unsettling and de-centering by the means of meditation. A voice guides the listener through an awareness exercise, where one’s body is soaked into the sea, and the rhythm of one’s body is disrupted by a call from the deep. There is an element of ”soft cohesion”, a persuasiveness of the voice, guiding the listener to dispossess of the current reality, falling into another rhythm, to be possessed and unsettled. In the process there is also space for negotiation and resistance. This work was produced for the Research Pavilion at the Venice Biennial in 2017 and is site specific to Venice. It addresses the unstable foundation of the city and the troubled Mediterranean sea.
Lisa Nyberg’s research deals with pedagogies of the unknown, and this work is part of her exploration of guided meditation as performance and pedagogy. Julia Giertz explores
the movement of sound and the tactile aspects of hearing.

Sound installation, 18 min
(Beach chair, headphones, button)

Text and voice: Lisa Nyberg
Sound and mixing: Julia Giertz
Programming: Terje Östling

Sound excerpt: