Not Being Able to Speak is a Torture (2017 - )
An interactive sound installation and research-creation project undertaken in collaboration with a family of Colombian refugees in Canada, Dr. Luis C. Sotelo Castro, and sound artist Barry Prophet.
During Not Being Able to Speak is a Torture, listener-participants in groups of 9 - 12 are invited to move through three stages together. The first one is meant to form the groups and build trust. In the second stage, the groups are invited to be still and silent inside a small maze-like structure that echoes the original place in which the family, and some other people, had to hide as the guerrilla group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) was looking for them in 2002. Participants listen to a 30-minutes ‘treated’ version of selected fragments of the mother and her oldest daughter’s testimonies while in the space. Finally, in the third stage, the groups participate in a debriefing session.
Some listeners’ feedback (data):
Note: A report on this project is currently being written. Professor Luis Carlos Sotelo Castro will present papers on this project at the forthcoming annual conference of the International Listening Association, at the International Seminar Material Strategies in the Arts at the Norwegian Theatre Academy/ Østfold University College, at the VIII Conference of the Latin American Oral History Association, and at the 8th International Conference for Histories of Media Arts RE:SOUND 2019 - Aalborg, Denmark.