Mapping Traces I & II
— December 14 2020 & February 12 2021 (online)
— Partner : Jan van Eyck Academie
— Participants : Calypso36°21, Medine Altiok, Pauline Fischer, Reuben Yemoh Odoi
— Coordination : Calypso36°21

Medine Altiok (DE), Pauline Fischer (DE), Reuben Yemoh Odoi (GH)


Mapping Traces I – Sound memory of borderscapes

This first online session began with an introduction by Hicham Khalidi, director of the Jan van Eyck Academie. It was followed by a presentation of the project by the collective Calypso36°21. The workshop continued with a listening session of the podcast Collecting Voices, which addresses issues related to the memory of bodies’ movements prey to liminality within border territories.

The workshop lasted several hours and introduced different collaborators of the project. After the listening session, the collective exchanged with Reuben Yemoh Odoi, one of its partners from Morocco, who coordinated the sound mapping workshop in Tangier. The session ended with a discussion with the audience, during which the collective addressed the issue of the collective sound archive.



Mapping Traces II – On drifting

This second session began with an introduction by Hicham Khalidi, which was followed by a presentation of the project On drifting, the participatory lexicon imagined and produced by the collective Calypso36°21 as part of the curatorial research programme This work gathers contributions from different sources, all translated into Arabic, English and French.

Conceived as an alternative cartography of the [fluid+solid] borderscapes of the Mediterranean, On drifting aims to disrupt the spatial regimes derived from (post)colonial narratives, that often freeze the understanding of this territory. The lexicon is read from shore to shore. 

After an introductory session, the collective welcomed back the audience and launched the reading session. This consisted of presentations and readings by architect Medine Altiok, artist and activist Reuben Yemoh Odoi and lawyer Pauline Fischer, all of whom contributed to the lexicon. After the reading session, the collective had the opportunity to discuss with the audience the issues raised in the contributions read by the speakers.

– Watch the full session here