IPPOCAMPO


 

NoPlace, Oslo June 24th – 03rd July

 

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Drawn from historically shared source material and files from audio archives, the work consists of an extended sound piece divided into three parts, exploring two non-related events based on the political and poetic relevance of the archive.

In 1960, the Italian magazine ‘Le Vie Nuove’ releases a sound file, randomly recorded by a pedestrian intended to record an upcoming demonstration in Reggio Emilia, in Italy. As a score of abstract noise sequences, the audio file is a sonic backdrop of street riots, police clashing, shots of tear gas and firearms on protesters – the police operation called ‘Hippocampus’. Released with a contributed text of Pier Paolo Pasolini, the record was meant to be broadcast, spread and preserved in order to enlighten social memory, showing the vulnerability of a young generation at the moment they resisted, defended, and withdrew.

The sound piece contains domestic field recordings, pitched-down tunes, abrasive audio textures and vocals from teen aspiring musicians – youths dealing with music – some of them recently died by exploratory drug use or shot by police on the outskirts of “bad” neighborhoods. Many of those shootings were caught on tape. By sampling and stretching the original tracks, each sample is altered, blended, and distorted trough divergent sonic juxtapositions and live effects.

The work includes a spoken word piece downloaded from Assata Shakur online audio archive. In the recorded file Assata Shakur, a former member of the Black Panther Party, describes the way she got shot in the back in 1973 by Trooper Harper, after complying with his demands of raising her arms. The audio file is free for download and redistribution on Assata Shakur’s webpage.

 

The exhibition is supported by Norske Billedkunstnere (BNK), Norway

 


 

Tracklist

1 Mix of trap and drill

2 Street riots in Italy & the ‘Hippocampus Operation’ on a record


3 Donkey Cartel playing with a police radio mic


4 Ty Glocks rapping drunk and stoned


5 Assata Shakur about being shot


6 Assata Shakur about living life

Anonymous teenagers from Rione Traiano (Napoli, South Italy) rapping while stoned & sounds from the neighbourhood

8 Anonymous teenager dealing with the situation


9 Group of teenagers from Battipaglia (Salerno, South Italy) rapping on the street


10 Teenagers beatboxing at home

 

Voices and sound samples from Italian youth from Napoli, Tyrone Harris a.k.a. Ty Glocks, Lil Donkey Cartel, and Assata Shakur.

Living in Cuba, Assata is the only woman classified a terrorist and put on the terrorism watch list.

On Aug. 9, 2014, a teenager named Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson, Missouri, by officer Darren Wilson, apparently after stealing a box of cheap cigarillos. The shooting of Michael Brown rose in a massive uprising in Ferguson. One year later, during a big uprising memorial to Michael Brown, another teenager, and friend of Michael, Tyron Harris, was shot during the violent street rioting in Ferguson. Michael Brown aka Big’ Mike and Tyrone Harris aka Ty Glocks were both aspiring rappers. In that same year, in South Italy, police shot Davide Bifolco, a teenager from the periphery of Napoli. Davide was driving a scooter with two other friends. After a long pursuit, as the boys refused to stop when ordered to, a policeman opened fire.

 

 

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Stereo diffusion, soundboard rack, effects processors

 

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Stereo diffusion, soundboard rack, effects processors

 

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Soundboard rack, effects processors
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Installation view

 

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Soundboard rack, effects processors

 

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Donne in nero contro ogni guerra (women in black against all wars), 1980 banner photographed by Simona Barbera in 2016
Banner kindly lent by The Archive for Social Movements, Genoa. (Associazione per un Archivio dei movimenti, Genova, Italy). 140 x 110 cm

 

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Photo documentation by Ronny F. Dahl

 

The banner belonged to a group of women activists called Donne in nero, in Italy. Part of an international action opposed to war, militarism and other forms of violence, the international movement started in the 80’s in Jerusalem to protest against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, and is still active today in different parts of the world. After several confrontations with police, where the banner almost got destroyed, the textile piece is now archived and preserved at ‘The Archive for Social Movements’, in Genoa, Italy, (Associazione per un Archivio dei Movimenti), part of a relevant history of social rebellion.