Sometimes You Just Have to Give it Your Attention – KSB / Savvy Contemporary

Louis Chude-Sokei, Hani Mojtahedy, Yara Mekawei, Mendi & Keith Obadike, Gascia Ouzounian, DAF (Dynamische Akustische Forschung), Michael Akstaller, Jan St. Werner

What do spaces that have shaped history sound like? Do we dare reimagine such histories and spaces through listening, especially those that are rooted in state violence and terror? What happens when we listen to complicated spaces together and explore our individual responses by listening to our listening?

These are the questions that shaped a diverse, international group of listeners into a collective that dared to listen to the Nazi Party Rally Grounds in Nuremberg, Germany and respond to their collective listening via sound. This recording features those responses, which used the site as inspiration as well as raw sonic materials to build these sound pieces. Included also is a booklet with essays contextualizing the overall project as well as the distinct sonic responses.

Sometimes You Just Have to Give it Your Attention features author Louis Chude-Sokei, scholar/violinist Gascia Ouzounian, sound artists Yara Mekawei, Jan St. Werner, and Mendi and Keith Obadike, and iconic singer Hani Mojtahedy.

Project initiated by Jan St. Werner & Michael Akstaller
Realized by DAF (Dynamische Akustische Forschung), Gascia Ouzounian, Hani Mojtahedy, Louis Chude-Sokei, Mendi & Keith Obadike, Yara Mekawei
Essays by Gascia Ouzounian Louis Chude-Sokei
Artwork by Paul Wick
Project Management by Veronika Wagner

The project was realized with the support by Kulturstiftung des Bundes, Bewerbungsb├╝ro Kulturhauptstadt Europas 2025 Stadt N├╝rnberg, European Research Council, SONCITIES project (No. 865032)

SAVVY records 2024