Defending territory in a networked world

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Defending territory in a networked world

8-channel sound installation, installed on the 3rd floor of the atrium in Felleshuset, commissioned by Embassy Reconstructed with the support of the Swedish Embassy

'Defending territory in a networked world' explores the sound of voices of diplomacy and foreign policy in action - the tenor, vocabulary, expression and texture of voices in authority - using audio from historical and contemporary recordings in the public domain, some of them with iconic documentary status. Additional audio material comes from accompanying media footage on related themes.

The installation was developed together with the live work 'Prompt, immediate, now / very restrained and cautious', performed in the Danish Embassy on 27th January, 2013. Both works arise from a long-standing interest in the relations between music and territoriality, as idiosyncratically woven together in Deleuze and Guattariā€™s chapter 1837: de la ritournelle in A Thousand Plateaux: Capitalism and Schizophrenia 2. The embassy context provides an opportunity to highlight the international political aspects of this interest in the sounds of territorialisation and de-territorialisation. Although the title sounds Deleuzian, it comes in fact from British Foreign Secretary William Hague's foreign policy in 2010.

In the installation, the premises for conducting diplomacy in the modern world of communications, as contrasted with earlier propaganda broadcasts, are the model for a multi-channel listening situation.

with electronics