kɛrakaraka #3-i / mɔ́ ntai bɛrrɛ @ CCA Lagos Library

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inter-sessions within “Mɔ́ ntai bɛrrɛ” installation at CCA Lagos Library.
kɛrakaraka literally translates as “sixth fingers” in Kɛnyaŋ . Recent water-based polyrhythmic sound sculptures from “barɨŋ báchɔ́kɔrɔk”, consisting six veins/tentacles each. For every sculpture, the 6th vein is set/locked around clock/time signatures mimicking idiophones employed in various rhyhmic variations from erstwhile Southern Cameroons and the larger Congo basin. The unlocked channels are set to distort water drops/flow on prepared membranophones and idiophones . The generated sounds are transformed by granular synthesis , accentuating on deep tones (recurrent with the cross river membranophones), as well as shaken and plucked ideophones. The set up is controlled by a custom live interface “e-MungoWest #7 ”; controlling flows in the water fuelled sound sculptures, dependent predominantly on atmospheric pressure.
For kɛrakaraka #3-i / mɔ́ ntai bɛrrɛ, three of the six-veined analog polyrhythm generators from barɨŋ báchɔ́kɔrɔk. interact with fragments from “Mɔ́ ntai bɛrrɛ” multichannel sound installation in the course of inter-sessions (sonic lectures/ interventions/live sets ) at CCA lagos over a period of 2 days.

About Em'kal Eyongakpa

Em'kal Eyongakpa (b1981, Mamfe, Cameroons) approaches the experienced, the unknown, as well as collective histories through a ritual use of repetition and transformation. His 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 spaces and autonomous art hubs, from KHaL! SHRINE in Yaounde (2007-2012), to the recent research platform/ fund Bɔ́ Bɛtɔk/ ɛfukuyu. Eyongakpa holds degrees in Plant biology and Ecology from the University of Yaounde 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 Sao Paulo (2016), 9th and 10th Bamako Encounters(2011,2015), 10th Dak'art biennial (2012) and several international art spaces and museums around the world.

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