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Libita Sibungu and Perivi Katjavivi


Libita Sibungu

Libita Sibungu’s solo and collaborative projects explore the political and spiritual relationships connecting the landscape to the body, told through personal and collective diasporic histories and legacies. Research is shared through embodied acts of digging; in earth and in records—revealing lost, and buried testimonies emerging out of fugitive experiences. Installations, performance, print, text and sound, help bring to life ongoing conversations surrounding the possibilities of a living archive. Sibungu is a British-Namibian artist based in the UK, projects of note have been presented with; Gasworks, Somerset House, Spike Island, (all UK) and Cabaret Voltaire, Switzerland, (2019); Whitstable Biennale; Eastside Projects, (all UK) and Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg (2018); South London Gallery, UK, and Diaspora Pavilion, 57th Venice Biennale, Italy (2017). Website

Perivi Katjavivi

Perivi Katjavivi is a Namibian-British filmmaker and researcher. His first feature film The Unseen played in competition at Durban. His most recent film Film Festival Film had its world premiere at the Berlinale in 2019. Perivi is currently a PhD candidate with the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. His work explores entanglements between colonial sites of trauma and contemporary modern life. He is currently based in Bristol and makes music under the moniker the pharaohs. Writings

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The untitled pacific2.wav by Libita Sibungu and Perivi Katjavivi speaks in many languages—an interlude from and to liquid bodies of light and love which their sonic poem so confidently emanates and invokes. With hydrophone recordings made in Namibia, this introduction to our project—communicating to and caring for the knowing Ocean—has such tangible warmth and immersive depth that it resonates bodies into the intangible frequencies living beyond human sense alone.

Inspired by Ben Okri’s ineffable Astonishing the Gods (2012), which also seeks and converses with invisible beings and their utopic visions, whose protagonist desires to be seen and made visible—a novel as a portal to a principled universe—Sibungu and Katjavivi sound and voice a mystical creation story through their shared ancestral histories and mythologies, as it beats and weaves blissfully into our watery bodies and hydrological cycles.

“Our highest acts of creativity are in the empty spaces,” writes Okri’s invisible guide, “in the air, in dreams, in unseen realms… If you are lucky you will partake of this higher condition, and delight in its power that transcends all boundaries… And sometimes—very rare—but sometimes nonetheless our highest creative acts, our highest playfulness, our self-overcoming, our purest art, our ascending songs, by some mysterious grace, transcend so many boundaries and enter so many realms that we occasionally astonish the gods.” —Astonishing the Gods

Abbas Zahedi

Abbas Zahedi is a London based artist, known for his interdisciplinary blend of social practice, performance, installation, moving-image, institution-building and writing. His practice emerged out of working with migrant and marginalised communities in the UK to explore the concept of neo-diaspora, and the ways in which personal and collective histories interweave.

Zahedi completed an MA at Central Saint Martins, London in 2019 and is currently the ninth South London Gallery Postgraduate Artist in Residence. Recent exhibitions and performances include South London Gallery, UK; Belmacz, London; Spike Island, Bristol; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Lethaby Gallery, London; clearview.ltd, London; Royal Academy of Arts, London; Wolverhampton Art Gallery, UK; and 57th Venice Biennale, Italy.


Sonic Support Group

Ourano Amnion 2021 — 5”30’

Ourano Amnion 2021 is overflowing with extra- and intra-terrestrial communications - packets coming in from all sonic directions including inner, outer, binaural, and still ungraspable. The tap and rumble is a call-and-response between a Chinese Mars Rover’s traction with that planet’s surface and the antique parquet floors of a disused post office in Chelsea (London) where Zahedi’s incredibly moving Ouranophobia SW3 exhibition took place in, through, and between lockdowns 2020/21. Zahedi’s solace in that time was sensing, even caressing the unique building’s eccentric possibilities, spending weeks and months sounding out the space, gently and deeply attending to it as a condenser of intimate energies and complex perspectives.  

Ouranophobia SW3 enigmatically became a place of recompense for frontline Brompton hospital workers during lockdown, the shut exhibition taking place and offering space just across the street, which led to the development of the Sonic Support Group. Ourano Amnion 2021 is a condensation of these subtle implicate energies and forces from one of the UK’s most genuine and careful artists working today. You can almost feel Zahedi’s hand gently tapping on the forehead of the Ocean, while the second section steps eleven strides (halfway towards and halfway from) a mystical terrain beyond the ratio(nal).

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1. Untitled Pacific2.wav
June 24 – 26, 2021
Libita Sibungu and Perivi Katjavivi
2. Ourano Amnion 2021
July 23 – 25, 2021
Abbas Zahedi
August 21 – 23, 2021
Margarida Mendes
September 20 – 22, 2021
Samuel Hertz
October 19 – 21, 2021
Caitlin Berrigan
November 18 – 20, 2021
Andrea Zarza
December 18 – 20, 2021
Josèfa Ntjam
January 16 – 18, 2022
Mariechen Danz

Radio Amnion: Sonic Transmissions of Care in Oceanic Space is a multi-year sound art project for the waters of Earth, commissioning and relaying new compositions by contemporary artists more than 2kms deep with/in the Pacific Ocean. During each full moon, far beyond human perception, the abyssal waters of Cascadia Basin resonate with the deep frequencies and voices of invited artists. All transmissions are relayed in the sea through a submerged neutrino telescope experiment’s calibration system and available here online only during the three days of each full moon. Register to be notified for our next transmissions.

The Radio Amnion project is possible due to a collaboration with the ‘P-ONE’ ‘neutrino telescope’ experiment of the SFB1258: Neutrino and Dark Matter Group at the Technical University of Munich. The ‘P-ONE’ telescope is partnered with Ocean Networks Canada: a vast underwater oceanographic observatory monitoring marine ecosystem function, deep-sea biodiversity, and multiple geological dynamics with their 840 km NEPTUNE Observatory in the Pacific north west.

Invocations, blessings & affirmations from Radio Amnion are first and foremost for and to the Ocean, streamed in those remote cyclic depths that irrigate our connected lives and worlds. Artist’s compositions enter and expand these new hybrid spaces where ecology and astronomy intersect, where deep sea and deep space convene, where scientific and cultural cosmologies develop new types of relationships.

Pacific Ocean: Juan de Fuca Plate; Cascadia Basin - 47°N 127°W (-2600m)

P-ONE Telescope

The ‘Pacific Ocean Neutrino Experiment’ is a submerged neutrino telescope initiative led by Prof Elisa Resconi of the Technical University of Munich’s Neutrino and Dark Matter Group SFB1258. Deep underwater the cosmic radiative noise of Earth’s surface is heavily reduced, making it possible to detect more rare and elusive particle interactions within the water itself.

Since neutrinos do not carry a charge, they do not interact with our typical ‘baryonic’ matter. They are completely translucent and have other strange properties that cause physicists to believe in the possibility of a completely other type of physics. To attempt to elicit communications from these hidden cosmic messengers, physicists of the SFB1258 are testing the location of Cascadia Basin for the implementation of a submerged multi-cubic kilometer telescope made up of a vast matrixial array of floating, tethered optical modules. It is from these optical modules that Radio Amnion transmits into the Ocean.

The optical equipment submerged 2.6 kms underwater attempts to view and reconstruct the rare faster-than-light neutrino intra-actions occurring in the elemental waters of Earth. Fluorescing an ultraviolet ‘Cherenkov’ radiation on their encounters with charged hydrogen, it is the water itself that collides with the ghost like phantom particles causing cascades of superluminous particle showers deep within the Earth across hundreds and thousands of metres.

For more information please see the German Science Research News article on P-ONE.

Sonic Platform

The bronze, glass, steel, rubber and electronics sound sculpture—the Radio Amnion Sonic Platform designed by artist Jol Thoms—is one of several hundred glass spheres that make up the aquatic P-ONE telescope. The other glass orbs house optical equipment designed to register and amplify the faster-than-light UV signals caused by rare neutrino particle intra-actions in the sea water. The Sonic Platform was designed to quietly relay spirited messages from artists and researchers directly to the Ocean itself—within the planet—considered as a sentient type of being, a living, knowledgeable creature. A type of reverse Golden Record of the voyager space craft, Radio Amnion seeks responsible communication with the more-than-non-human world.

Using the calibration system of the telescope, and through a process of ‘Fourier transforming’ artists compositions into frequency space, a complimentary selection of spheres also transmit rhythms of light deep into the abyssal body.

The Radio Amnion Sonic Platform was designed to quietly relay spirited messages from artists and researchers directly to the Ocean itself—within the planet—considered as a sentient type of being, a living, knowledgeable creature.

Ocean Networks

The University of Victoria’s (BC) Ocean Networks Canada is a series of marine and oceanographic monitoring and network stations and infrastructures located at various sites across Canada. ONC operate the NEPTUNE Ocean Observatory in the Pacific Ocean that the P-ONE Telescope is also attached to. The NEPTUNE infrastructure is an 840 km loop of powered fibre optic cable with five nodes or stations, including Cascadia Basin where Radio Amnion transmits. Each node is instrumented with a diverse suite of sensors that enable researchers to study interactions across geological, chemical, physical, and biological processes that drive the dynamic earth-ocean system.

For more details on ONC, please see their website.

For information on the interdisciplinary development of Bioregions, please see Bioregionalism on CascadiaNow.


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Radio Amnion was initiated by artist and researcher Jol Thoms in 2019, submerged into the Ocean in 2020, and came to operation in June of 2021—all due to a remarkable invitation from Prof. Elisa Resconi of the SFB1258.

Radio Amnion is a partnership with the SFB1258 Neutrino and Dark Matter Group at the Technical University of Munich and in collaboration with Ocean Networks Canada at University of Victoria, British Columbia, CA.

Big thanks to Kilian Holzapfel at SFB1258 for engineering and operations support, and to Petra Riedel and Stefan Schönert at TUM. Thanks to Dwight Owens and Kim Juniper at Ocean Networks Canada.

Thanks to and inspiration from Melody Jue, Astrida Neimanis, Eve Tuck, Karen Barad, Isabel Stengers, Michael Marker, A.N. Whitehead, Stanislaw Lem, & Olaf Stapledon.

Special Thanks to the SFB42 collective at ADBK Munich and to all the artists involved in Radio Amnion.

Radio Amnion acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien.

This website was designed and developed with Minkyoung Kim and Marie Otsuka (MK+MO). It is a static site, using a beta variable font version of Magmatic by Occupant Fonts and Publico Text Mono by Commercial Type.

All Sound, Text and Images are copyright of Jol Thoms/Radio Amnion and the respective authors.