Blurring Waters, Burning Needs

A conversational sound sculpture

Sound performance


Catalogue number : 74

In collaboration with the exhibition project “Uncertain States – Artistic Strategies in States of Emergency” of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin, the sound and performance artist Alessandro Bosetti, is presenting his new sound performance « Blurring Waters, Burning Needs ». The performance will take place at the Akademie der Künste on 10 January 2017. « Blurring Waters, Burning Needs » is a durational and organised conversation, in which seemingly daily chatter and talk are recomposed in accordance with a series of rules and instructions. The performance group will turn into a speaking choir, which can be at times chaotic, at other times geometric but is always based on free and improvised speech.


Alessandro Bosetti is an Italian sound artist and performer, who has been consistently obsessed with languages and verbal interactions such as music for the past two decades. Starting from the seminal composition « The Pool and the Soup » which was originally written in 2006 for the Berlin vocal ensemble « Die Maulwerker”, Alessandro Bosetti has created and facilitated a number of conversational performances around the world – always with different groups of mainly nonprofessional performers in different contexts (e.g. theaters, private homes, gardens, schools) and in multiple languages (German, English, Korean, Japanese, French, Italian etc.). Each time, the system of rules is upgraded and further developed. For the project “Blurring Waters, Burning Needs” at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Bosetti rethinks this concept in the light of the present urgency. Triggered by the resurgence of conflicts and nationalism, which leads to a fragility in reference to the idea of linguistic koine, Bosetti rethinks his concept for the project “Blurring Waters, Burning Needs” at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin, in light of the present urgency.

10 January 2017

Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg, Berlin

Uncertain States

With María Ferrara, Stella Luncke, Josef Schafer, Tomomi Adachi, William Bilwa Costa, Ivan Babinchak Renqvist, Petra Ronner, Martha Hennersdorf, Ana-Marija Cvitic, Marc Bredemeier

© Alessandro Bosetti / 2024