negotiations (chapter 1-i, dualaland-paris )

negotiations ch1-i

“Walking pass a street in the neighborhood of Château Rouge, street vendors negotiating with their clients left me with a feeling of displacement and nostalgia — a sense of familiar sounds struggling in a Parisian architectural setting. The rhythmic currency, negotiation codes to product names, all perculiar to open markets public spaces across central and west Africa and the nuances inbetween.”

« Fumbua ! carton à 10 euros, 
bobolo ! 3 pour 2 euros,
Safou, 8 à 5 euros, ceintures, arachide frais…. »

For his experiment, negotiations, chapter 1-i, Em’kal Eyongakpa composes a fragmented narrative from sounds recorded in Paris and Douala, in selected informal market settings, transport routes with excerpts from  spaces where the objects of these negotiations are extracted. 
In these spaces of negotiations, identities are in constant mutation as the ancient confronts set urban codes. The dynamics of these spaces usually tend to mirror “maximalist” urban variants of ethnic music; like Bikutsi, Asiko in Cameroun, Congotronics in RDC or even Juju in Nigeria.

In negotiations, chapter 1-i, the artist plays with undertones of negotiations and creolization of these highly political spaces. He attempts a dialogue between the intense anthrophony of these spaces in and with a “white cube”.

« How could one capture the beautiful essence or energies of these spaces of constant negotiations without over-altering the « maximalist » nature of the loud and seemingly chaotic environments. »

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exhibition view at Kadist art Foundation: may 22nd – july 26th 2015

Photos : Aurélien Mole & Em’kal Eyongakpa — Courtesy of the artist & Kadist Art Foundation

Room 1: multi channel sound installation (not available online…)

Room 2: Reference room (soundscapes/ poetry/ text reading/ vocals…)

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Notes on orchestrated field recordings—by Amal Alhaag  (view/download Negotiations Chapter 1-i —Emʼkal Eyongakpa)

conversation : Amal Alhaag and Em’kal Eyongakpa (view/download conversation_Amal&Emkal excerpt)

About Em'kal Eyongakpa

Mbieven-Efforbi Em'kal Eyongakpa (b 1981) , Mamfe, Cameroons/ Lives and work at Itinerant*. Em'kal Eyongakpa approaches the experienced, the unknown, as well as collective histories through a ritual use of repetition and transformation.His interwoven and immersive installations, which could be experienced as paradoxical systems, not only blurs the boundaries between employed media, but could also alter the notion of the real and the illusory. Em'kal Eyongakpa's recent ideas increasingly draw from indigenous knowledge systems and aesthetics, ethnobotany, applied mycology and technology, in his explorations of the personal and the universal. He is also known for self organised community research platforms and autonomous art hubs, from KHaL!SHRINE in Yaoundé (2007-2012), to the recent sound art and music platform ɛfúkúyú. Eyongakpa holds degrees in Plant biology and Ecology from the University of Yaoundé 1 and was a resident at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. The artist's work has recently been exhibited at the Jakarta Biennale (2017), the 13th Sharjah biennial (2017), La Biennale de Montreal (2016), the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo (2016), 9th and 10th Bamako Encounters(2011,2015), 10th Dak'art biennial (2012) .And in institutions; TBA21, Vienna (2017) Walther Collection Ulm (2017); Le Cyclop, Milly-la-Forêt (2016); Kadist Art Foundation, Paris (2015); Africa Acts, Paris (2015), David Roberts Art Foundation, London (2015), SAVVY Contemporary and NBK, Berlin (2014),18th International Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil, Sao Paulo (2013) , IFC Yaounde (2012) and .....

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