We spent the first two weeks of November with Nicolas In Georgia for the preparation of our upcoming field recording project in Svanetia, a remote moutainous region of the southern Caucasus.
The project is about the soundscape and sound memory of Svanetia. We'll be working in echo to the silent 1930's documentary Djim Shvante (Salt for Svanetia) by famous director M. Kalatozov and interrogate the soundscape of the region, 80 years after the filming. It will be done in two parts: the first part is a collection of sounds, a sound herbarium, from nature to human activity that documents the soundscape of nowadays Svanetia. The second part is a series of sound pieces in between documentary and sound art composed using the material of the collection. This will lead to a multimedia presentation including an audio installation, the presentation of the collection, a workshop and a serie of live performances as well as radio broadcasts.
We started our trip in Tbilisi where we met our local partners including the Georgian National Museum of History and Ethnography, the art organisations Geoair and Garikula and the French Culural center Alexandre Dumas. All of them will collaborate in its own way to the project.
We then took the road to Svanetia where we met the local Museum director and started to hunt a few sounds and meeting the locals. Contacts were made and interest was shown we'll be back in the begining of 2011!
This first trip was made possible by the step beyond mobility grant of the