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Rethinking Waste - Artist Residency Programme - Sonic Urbanism, 2018

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posted on 2021-03-28, 12:16 authored by Ben ParryBen Parry

The Rethinking Waste project, funded by the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund, confronts the question of waste and disposability through the introduction of an experimental design and learning space, Compound 13 Lab. At the Lab, young people are placed at the centre of their own learning, to co-design and develop a bespoke ‘living curriculum’ that responds to their issues, addresses their needs and aids their future goals. The implementation of the Lab is intended to create a space of enquiry where these local knowledges and practices can be communicated within and beyond Dharavi, through a process of increasingly self-organised making and learning.

Working with a group of young people from ACORN, composer Graham Jeffery and artist Ben Parry spent some days gathering and harvesting sounds from the industrial spaces of the 13th Compound. Collaborating with Balaji Devendra and Vishnu Nair of Old Brotherz, a hip hop collective that has developed from ACORN’s music-led activities with young people, Graham Jeffery then built these into a series of compositions which formed the basis of the soundtrack for the film Materials of Hope.

This item contains a photograph of the making of the soundtrack and a brief description of the Sonic Urbanism project.

Image courtesy of Ben Parry. Used with permission.

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