Treehu mana (2020)

TREEHU MANA I is both a research-project and video-work. With practices and technologies of listening it „confrontes ourselves with the silence of nature“ (Christopher Manes). Listening is seen as an experience that has the potential to open ourselves towards the unexpected. It is seen as method that requires exposure and vulnerability and aims to unlearn a language based idea of being entangled with the environment. TREEHU MANA I is an invitation to rehearse awareness that we are speaking while we are listening. Listening understood as a practice is extended and transferred to the whole body as well as to sensors and technical devices. Through different ways of listening and in self-exposure to trees and a forest, fragile, multi-layered ways of speaking are sought.

Idea and Realisation – Matthias Schönijahn
Choirleader and Choircomposition – Paulina Miu Kühling
Dramaturgy – Rose Beermann
Singers – Paulina Miu Kühling, Julia Legieżyńska, Ola Zielińska, Joanna Pietras
Hearing exercise #1 – Ola Zielińska
EEG Measurement – Steffen Heimes
Soundrecordings – Thomas Sternitzke
Consultant Listening Practice – Martyna Poznańska
Special Thanks – Dr. Anett Laue

Funded as part of a research grant from the Berlin Senat (Matthias Schönjahn)