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Confronting environmental crisis through sound at Cafe Oto

This Sunday at the London-based venue, Amplification / Annihilation: In Sonic Defiance Of Extinction will focus on ways in which music and sound can engage with ecological crisis

Cafe Oto is to host an experimental audio-visual broadcast around current themes of environmental damage. Bringing in a variety of sonic material, including field recordings, data sonification, songs, experimental music, short films and poetry, the evening will run in the style of a radio transmission. It will feature artists Leah Barclay, Robin Buckley, Kate Carr, Minerva Cuevas, Graciela Muñoz Farida, Anja Kanngieser & Polly Stanton, Andrea Polli, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, and Ziibiwan, with more to be confirmed.

“While 'nature' has been always been a theme and component of music and sound art, it seems that these fields are increasingly engaging with the current ecological crisis in more pointed ways,” explain the organisers behind the event, who are Anja Kanngieser, Paul Rekret and The Wire contributor Rory Gibb. “Given that this is the case, can ecological collapse be sonically represented, or it does it just become the fetishisation of mass extinction?” They ask. “Is there a meaningful place for music and sound in environmental advocacy? Can sound artists and musicians intervene in environmental crises that hit poor communities and communities of colour hardest? We're interested in pulling together work that responds to these questions implicitly or explicitly.”

Amplification / Annihilation will take place on 20 August at 7.30pm. Entry is free. Listen to political geographer and sound artist Anja Kanngieser and composer and sound artist Daniel Jenatsch discuss climate, capitalism and crisis on Paul Rekret's Beholder Halfway show on Resonance FM.