Martina Raponi


noiserr at HAMBURG MASCHINE, 2019



In the early 20th century, loud technical sounds were used by the self-proclaimed Futurists in a programmatic way in order to alert people - or even to shock them - and to raise a public consciousness about a positively envisioned technical future. Noise has been developed in the last four decades into different practices, genres, and theories, traveling through a cultural feedback loop linking Japan to the USA, and of course Europe to Latin America and even further. Nowadays noise is an acclaimed media phenomenon which enables communication to the same degree as it prevents it. Martina Raponi will stage several actions and will empower participants to act with her. In a selected area of Hamburg she lets social narratives collide with her new invented method of a disruptive noise.

As an artist in residence at the Studio One at Westwerk she will research the Schulterblatt street. She will collect songs and musical pieces connected to the stories and history of the Schulterblatt, suggested by those that live and those that work there. She will create a fictional personalised playlist via Spotify and other commercial sound and music streaming platforms. Raponi focuses on memory and social identity in urban systems and feeds the sound material from a fictional virtual persona/user called the Schulterblatt in the algorithmically regulated internet. Her project will gather sounds and songs in a sort of container of collective memory.  She wants to subvert the determination and reification of human qualities, emotions and attitudes with the help of her noiserr-method and to show alternatives to the general marketing of music and their consumers.

Noise consists of sounds, non-defined tones and disharmonies which is turning today into a revival for underground youth culture. The Italian Futurists organised their first sound experiments with noises of, and in, the streets. Martina Raponi refers to the futurists in her first publication, a historically engaged book about noise in Italy (“Strategie del Rumore. Interferenze tra Arte, Filosofia e Underground”, Milano 2015). She further refines her artistic research method „noiserr“ with international projects on the newest and hottest digi-tech level.

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