15 March 2022
Today we are thrilled to present the third playlist of Amrita Hepi’s Soothsayer Serenades series as part of the Notes for Tomorrow exhibition. The playlist titled Serenades to the Sun is presented by Kornelia Binicewiczon Pera Museum’s Spotify account.
The project Soothsayer Serenades is a provocation for moving together while apart, without proof of presence.
Each Wednesday, across 3 weeks, a new playlist and provocation will be released. We are inviting everyone to listen the playlist at 4 pm.
Amrita Hepi is a dancer and choreographer with an interdisciplinary practice. In Soothsayer Seranades, she invites collaborators to develop playlists accompanied by provocations to move which are released via the music streaming service Spotify. This format provides insights into how the COVID-19 pandemic has precipitated ways of rethinking how art can be experienced and distributed across place and time to transcend geographical and physical boundaries. The pandemic has highlighted how the internet and free social media platforms have provided connectivity during a time when we have been estranged from friends, family, community and workplaces.
The playlists in Soothsayer Seranades encourage listeners to actively participate, to reach out, and enable others to move in the shared moment of its release. The physicality of dance and the sensory qualities of music provide an experience of embodiment that either counters the isolating conditions of lockdown or suggests ways of reconnecting thereafter. The work invites us to experience the present, while also referencing the role of a soothsayer who has clairvoyant abilities to predict the future. If the pandemic has provided a portal to imagine different ways of being and living in the future, Soothsayer Serenades demonstrates an artistic response to how we could re-imagine our shared, global community and reaffirms the importance of our interconnection to each other.
About Kornelia Binicewicz
Kornelia Binicewicz AKA Ladies on Records is a Polish origin record collector and anthropologist of culture, an owner of Ladies on Records brand, DJ, and an explorer of female music from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Her passion for female music brought her to Turkey. Daily, she lives on the island near Istanbul and travels worldwide, searching for mesmerizing music and meaningful stories to tell. Within the years of digging in records and meeting artists, she also explored old Turkish labels' back catalogs. She curated "Turkish Ladies. Female Singers from Turkey 1973 - 1988" (Epic Istanbul) and "Uzelli Psychedelic Anadolu "(Uzelli), both released on vinyl. Kornelia curates multimedia music projects and exhibitions ("A Drop of Luck", "Gurbette Hasret// Intimacy for Longing"), mixtapes for radio stations, music festivals, writes liner notes ("Selda Revisited" for Pharaway Sounds) and stories for worldwide music/ culture magazines.
Józef Brandt harboured a fascination for the history of 17th century Poland, and his favourite themes included ballistic scenes and genre scenes before and after the battle proper –all and sundry marches, returns, supply trains, billets and encampments, patrols, and similar motifs illustrating the drudgery of warfare outside of its culminating moments.
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