The fifth staging of Other Registers took place as part of the Politics of Listening conference at UNSW in Sydney, Australia in November 2018. This conference tackled the issue of marginalised voices: groups of people who are not being heard. In the Australian context, this mainly concerns the Aboriginal population. Although raw violence is largely absent in Australia, the underlying issues like discrimination show important parallels to the Brazilian context. As such, we believe that showing Other Registers in Sydney was a suitable opportunity to get more people acquainted with the story.
The staging in London two weeks beforehand gave us the opportunity to prepare well for the Sydney staging. We prepared a better sketch of the drawing of the caveirão (armed vehicle used by police in Rio) to allow for faster drawing and less work while on the floor. This allowed us to work quickly and efficiently. We have settled on a fixed size (5.6 x 2.3 metres) that we will now use in all future stagings. On top of the chalk drawing, we used white flour (approximately 3 kilos) to obtain a spreading effect over the course of the days that the installation was open. Flour proved to be finer than the rock chalk we used in London and was easier to obtain.
For the first time, we were able to hang speakers (provided by the theatre), rather than put them on stands. This allowed for free unobstructed movement in the installation, at the same time making the sound source invisible at first sight. Furthermore, it drew heightened attention to the drawing on the floor. Having the speakers hanging created a more sinister effect in the sense that people could not see initially where exactly the sound was coming from.
At this point, the installation is working flawlessly in a technical sense: we did not experience any problems with the software. Set-up has been greatly simplified since the first stagings in Rio and non-experts are able to handle it should we not be present. In future stagings, we hope to include new data from beyond the Olympics to reflect the present state of affairs in Brazil.
Credits for Sydney staging:
Production/coordination: Samuel van Ransbeeck; Mark Mitchell and Su Goldfish (Creative Practice Lab, School of the Arts and Media, UNSW)
Venue: Studio One, managed by the Creative Practice Lab at UNSW
Sound technician: Grant Richards
Scenography: Mark Mitchell, Grant Richards
Engagement design: Kazz Morohashi
The Sydney staging of Other Registers was hosted in conjunction with The Politics of Listening 2018, a conference convened by Tanja Dreher (UNSW) and Poppy de Souza (Griffith) and supported by ARC Future Fellowship FT140400515.
Samuel van Ransbeeck’s travel to Australia was made possible by a mobility grant from the Asia-Europe Foundation.
Other Registers was originally developed by Nico Espinoza, Rafucko, Samuel Van Ransbeeck and Tori Holmes (learn more about the artists) during the 10-day Creative Lab on Social Change through Creativity and Culture which took place in Rio de Janeiro in October-November 2015.
Outros Registros was part of Creative Lab, curated by Batman Zavareze and Paul Heritage and produced by Festival Multiplicidade and People’s Palace Projects (Queen Mary University of London) in partnership with CreativeWorks London. The project was made possible with research funding from the UK Arts & Humanities Research Council and the Newton Fund.
The original caveirão artwork was devised by Guga Ferraz for the second staging of Other Registers, in Maré, Rio de Janeiro.
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Text from the Sydney programme notes
We acknowledge and honour the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet, the Bedegal people of the Eora Nation. We pay respect to their Elders past and present and to their Communities.