The performance will consists of 234 black balloons as transmittors or channels to voice recordings between 1910-1941, prepared by the German colonial project commissioned by the Sound Prussian Commission and directed by Wilhelm Doegen, a German linguistic responsible for creating the project of the first Museum Of World Cultures in Germany. In the span of 2 wars, German reconciled with its identity and political world position by considering the cultural and technological advances through African heritage and migration. They called it the ultra-modernism that would re-map Germany's political and most importantly colonial power. Doegen was responsible for the gramophone recordings of over 8,000 African prisoners of war in detained in colonial camps in Germany. The soldiers' pleas for help were heard across the country in exhibition galleries to fund the resettlements of colonies abroad. However a large archive of these voices are missing; those of the women.
Program curated by Frances Zuma Cooper