why has this project been created?
Sonic re-dress is a collaborative project that plays with, and builds on, the well-known link between arts and healing. The project aims to afford people the opportunity to connect virtually with others in a time where many people around the globe experience disconnection or isolation from other humans.The website will be open from September 2020 – September 2021.
why is “connection” important?
Connecting with others is more important than you might think – it can lower anxiety and depression, help us regulate our emotions, lead to higher self-esteem and empathy, and actually improve our immune systems. For all our differences as humans, we also have much in common…
what is the idea with the music compositions and where does it fit in the project?
For this project five original music works, reflecting five basic human emotions, will be composed and recorded by African composer/s and musicians. These are: Anger, Happiness, Sadness, Fear and Disgust. The compositions will serve as a bridge or a means of connecting people from across the African continent and the music will feature indigenous African instruments. Not only do the compositions have the potential to forge connection through the mutual recognition of basic human emotions, but in the fact that anyone, anywhere will be able to listen to the same pieces of music, originating from the same source and so doing, affirming our shared human-ness. The final collection of compositions will be released digitally on streaming platforms.
what is the idea with the artworks and where will they go?
The artworks, created on your device whilst listening to the compositions, will be uploadable to the site from the MusicPaint app. Each emotion will have its own dedicated page where the artworks will be live in one of six African maps, in the Gallery section. Here you will be able to see other artworks (emotions) that may, or may not, reflect your own. You can opt to make your name visible with your artwork, but you will need to specify your country on the continent in order to participate.
Like the compositions, our shared human-ness will be affirmed through the mutual recognition within the artworks