Other Registers - The Sound and Silence of Police Violence in Rio de Janeiro

‘Other Registers’ is an immersive sound installation that uses software to transform data about police violence in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, into sound.

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When: November 28-30,

Where: Studio One is next to Io Myers Studio is located at the entrance to Gate 2 High St, Kensington. Look for the Creative Practice Lab neon sign in our foyer windows. Map Ref, d9/Gate 2 High St, Kensington NSW 2033

Drinks/launch event: 5-7pm, 28 November, IO Myers Studio foyer, Creative Practice Lab.

opening hours:

  • Wednesday 28 November 5 - 7pm (opening drinks)

  • Thursday 29 November 12.45pm - 3.15pm and from 5pm

  • Friday 30 November 11am - 3pm

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Visitors are invited to listen to official statistics for citizen and police deaths in the city between October 2009 (when Rio was selected to host the Olympics), and January 2016 (the start of the Olympic year), played as sound via a circle of eight loudspeakers.

Police violence is a long-standing issue in Rio, but the high numbers of killings often provoke surprisingly little public reaction. ‘Other Registers’ aims to create awareness of this issue through a physical and aesthetic experience.

‘Other Registers’ was developed by Nico Espinoza, Rafucko, Samuel Van Ransbeeck and Tori Holmes as part of Creative Lab produced by Festival Multiplicidade and People’s Palace Projects in partnership with CreativeWorks London, and supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Newton Fund. This staging is supported by the Asia-Europe foundation through the ASEF Mobility First program.

The work has been staged twice in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, and was staged in Belfast in May this year as as part of the 2018 Imagine! Festival of Ideas and Politics.

Artist Samuel Van Ransbeeck will be accompanying the installation for it’s Sydney staging and will be available during opening hours to speak with visitors about the work. Visitors will also have an opportunity to write their experience on foldable paper figures and hang them the wall in the exhibition space. This feedback will also become part of the installation over the three days.

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about the Artists:

Tori Holmes is Lecturer in Brazilian Studies at Queen’s University Belfast, where she specialises in digital culture and urban representation in Brazil, with a particular focus on Rio de Janeiro and its favelas. She has worked on blogging by favela residents and webdocumentaries about urban change during recent sporting mega-events in Rio; her current research focuses on data activism relating to urban violence. She is keen to engage a wider audience with the themes of her research, and alongside her involvement in the Other Registers project she runs the Belfast Brazilian CineClub project, which screens Brazilian documentaries in Belfast. 

Rafucko is a video artist and activist from Rio de Janeiro, currently based in Berlin where he is studying at the UDK (University of Arts of Berlin) in the Master Program "Art in Context". Rafucko's work is centred around video, performance and installation art. His political satire raises awareness on sensitive topics in Brazilian society such as homophobia, police violence, corruption and human rights violations.

Samuel Van Ransbeeck is Digital Humanities startup fellow at the John Rylands Research Institute in Manchester. His background is in electronic music and interactive arts. He did his PhD at the Catholic University of Porto, Portugal, where he developedDataScapR, a sonification toolbox for composers and sound artists to make music using stock market data. After finishing his PhD, he has used this system to create sonifications in Milton Keynes to sonify energy usage, Rio de Janeiro to sonify police violence for the Outros Registros project, and currently the textile trade between Manchester and South America using historical archives in Manchester.

Nico Espinoza is an engineer, working in the field of computational intelligence and signal processing. He also works as a musician and sound.

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