Location Series

Radio art

2017

Catalogue number : 77

Photo © Adam Ohla

In this piece I have recorded as many people as possible within a certain period of time. Wherever I went I asked people to say « here » in their own mother language. Each person was asked to say this word only once, and only in cases of perfect bi- or tri-lingualism did I allow them to say it in additional languages. I have edited all of these single-word samples chronologically in the exact order in which they were recorded. All recordings were made between August 12th and October 30th, 2017 in Vicobarone (IT), Milano (IT), Marseille (FR), Porto (PT), Marseille (FR), Taipei (TW), Bologna (IT) and Lyon (FR).

People, microphones and languages move, at least in relation to each other. Their movement is somehow unpredictable and free as a beautiful dance. Whilst scanning the territory I experienced how linguistic and geographical landscapes intersect in complex ways and how every territory is constantly transversed in multiple directions by so many living beings.

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Each of these recordings of a single word is evidence of an individual being in a specific place at a specific moment in time although we may not know the actual details of who, where and when. People come and go and are found in unexpected places, each one of them with her/his own biography and memory. The microphone has its own schedule, its own agenda, and opens a window towards the future and the not here. Languages moreover, travel with people, sometimes the same person carries two, three or more. Languages are not bound to a specific location or to a specific person as they migrate from place to place and from mouth to mouth.

In triangulating languages, individuals and the microphone we obtain precise coordinates of pure existence but we may not be able to infer proper locations. Nevertheless all these coordinates draw a path, a road, a corrugated and fascinating itinerary worthy of travelling over and over again with our ears and imagination. Consider this piece a travelogue, or a meditation on voice in relative space and have a nice trip.

« Location Series Number 1 » by Alessandro Bosetti. In this piece Bosetti has recorded as many people as possible within a certain period of time. Wherever he went he asked people to say the word “here” in their own mother language. These single-word samples have been edited chronologically in the exact order in which they were recorded. The recordings were made between August and October 2017 in Italy, France Portugal and Taiwan.

In triangulating languages, individuals and the microphone we obtain precise coordinates of pure existence but we may not be able to infer proper locations. Nevertheless all these coordinates draw a path, a road, a corrugated and fascinating itinerary worthy of travelling over and over again with our ears and imagination. Consider this piece a travelogue, or a meditation on voice in relative space and have a nice trip.

A Radiophrenia 2017 production commission.
Broadcasting across Glasgow on 87.9fm, and online at www.radiophrenia.scot from 13th-26th May, 2019.

Exhibition : Arrival City : Marseille, Ville d’arrivée
Une proposition de Goethe-Institut
Du 16 mars au 28 avril 2019
Friche de Le Belle de Mai, La Salle des machines, Marseille

 

Thanks to Pedro Rocha, Mark Vernon, Camera Chao.

© Alessandro Bosetti / 2021