Sono-Choreographic Collective contributes to herri #4

With our Sono-Choreographic Collective Bnaya Halperin-Kaddari, Kiran Kumar and myself contributed with “Playing Grounds: a polymodal essay” to the latest issue of the herri magazine.

“herri ” is a new south-african based online magazine that attempt to answer the question: What does decolonization look like in this age of hybridity? We discovered that there is not just one answer. herri is a soundmine of narratives, mythologies, ideologies, statements, ambiguities and ideas just waiting to be excavated.

herri is conceived of as a living archive that demonstrates the possibilities of post-new media and integrated technologies where discrete categories like “art”, “music”, “ lm”, “text” and “design”all merge into an overpoweringly sensorial gesamtkunstwerk. Our investigation into how the notion of decolonisation and decoloniality impacts on the archive concluded with the focus of the archive shifting away from artefacts to living people and their memories. The challenge of herri was how to act as a mediating device, a bridge, between the memories of lived experience and the digital media currently available for recording and storing those memories. An interface, if you will, between traditional notions of institutional archiving which involve gated communities of difficult to access physical material in unwelcoming carceral environments (think colonial structures) and an unrepentantly liberated zone, a new model of open access memory sharing which makes the existing models obsolete.

herri is conceived, edited and curated by Aryan Kaganof; designed by Andrea Rolfes, Jurgen Meekel and Martijn Plantin;  graphic illustration by Tsepo Ntsukunyane and Slovo Mamphaga;  sound archiving by Pakama Ncume and published by Stephanus Muller for Africa Open Institute