Unsettling - a guided meditation to the sea

Text and concept by Lisa Nyberg
Sound by Julia Giertz
Installation playback set-up by Terje Östling

Beach chair

The work deals with unsettling and de-centering by the means of meditation. A voice guides the listener through an awareness exercise, where one’s body is soaked into the sea, and the rhythm of one’s body is disrupted by a call from the deep. There is an element of ”soft cohesion”, a persuasiveness of the voice, guiding the listener to dispossess of the current reality, falling into another rhythm, to be possessed and unsettled. In the process there is also space for negotiation and resistance. This work was produced for the Research Pavilion at the Venice Biennial in 2017 and is site specific to Venice. It address the unstable foundation of the city and the troubled Mediterranean sea. Lisa Nyberg’s research deals with pedagogies of the unknown, and this work is part of her exploration of guided meditation as performance and pedagogy. Julia Giertz explores the movement of sound and the tactile aspects of hearing.

 August 2017: presented at Vennice Biennale Research Pavilion