Calling for the Others is a participatory and interdisciplinary project that seeks ways to establish a communication with kinds of others. It’s inspired by the traditional cattle calling, joik, jodling and throat singing depending on the location the project happens. The others who are called, could of course be cattle but the idea is to call any members of flora & fauna, other entities and everything in between (i.e technology). The aim is to seek balanced connections on the ecosystem we live within and activate the collective consciousness trough synchronized, together planned actions that can be sound, movement or meditation based. Calling for the Others emphasises the understanding of the human species: we are humans and that is our perspective – but trough empathy, it is possible to understand and identify with the others; to seek contemporary animism.
The project consists of workshop sessions that are open for everybody – no previous experience of sound or meditation practices is required. In these sessions experiencing environment and attentive listening creates the base to work with, the participants on different ways of calling and encouraging them to develop their own calling methods. The sessions consists of different kinds of exercises from telephatic inter-species communication to swarm sounding. When listening to the surroundings, the participants can eg. focus on certain sounds and make their own interpretations of the sounds, this way calling the sound source and its’ true name with its’ own vibration. In the first workshop sessions in Sweden, there was a part to lear kulning – traditional Scandic cattle calling.
Some of the sounds based on calls are recorded, edited and left on the site to be heard as a call & hackings of the sound-scape of the area.
Concept, planning & all: Mari Keski-Korsu & Grit Ruhland
Kulning guides in Sweden: Helle Thun and Anna Elwing
Cattle calling guide in Finland: Veera Voima
Sound&video documentation, soundwork: Konrad Behr
The project was first realised in Malmö, Sweden in summer 2017 as part of Agrikultura Triennal. In the end of August 2017, Calling for the Others happened in Helsinki as a part of Arts in the Environment Nordic Symposium.