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Sonic Hieroglyphs


Presented in Season 2 2017

World Premiere
Presented by Arts House

1pm–7pm, Sat 29 Jul
1pm–7pm, Sun 30 Jul
This is a durational event – you can come and go as you please

Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
North Melbourne

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Wheelchair Accessible

The construction and archiving of culture is often analysed and documented through words, yet 93% of communication is not verbal. Join Stéphanie Kabanyana Kanyandekwe in her re-constructed lounge room as she live-transcribes visitors’ conversations into Western music scores and Rwandan hieroglyphs.

Kabanyana Kanyandekwe will question, listen, transcribe into and perform from the scores on the walls of her re-constructed lounge room.

She invites you to become part of the work as she poses the questions: ‘Ancestry?’ on Saturday and ‘Legacy?’ on Sunday. Sonic Hieroglyphs continues a conversation in the archive Kabanyana Kanyandekwe began in 2007. This work exposes her construction and archival of identity as a ‘third-culture kid’ through graphic scores, narrative ceremony, and cultural contextualisation via crossgenerational conversations.

Presented by:
Stéphanie Kabanyana Kanyandekwe

Supported by – Heavy Metal Jewellers Brunswick, Red Cross Shops, Present Story Gift & Homewares Emporium, and Isabelle Harrison Barristers & Solicitors Pty Ltd.
Image by – Stéphanie Kabanyana Kanyandekwe