Disobedient Films with Jamie Perera.
2 Degrees Festival produced by Forma Arts
Climate Symphony is a live music performance that turns hard data on climate change into a symphony to tell the story of what climate change means through sound.
Two day-long labs at ArtsAdmin's 2Degrees Festival and Newcastle's Star and Shadow bring together journalists, scientists, data analysts and sound artists to explore how to change climate change data into a sound and music composition. Using data sonification, participants will select climate data sets and turn them into sound, creating digital instruments in their own Climate Symphony.
The idea is to encourage participants and the audience to question their feelings and the stories behind the data, creating new conversations and engagement.
Climate Symphony was presented at the Global Health Film Festival 2015, OpenTech 2015 and the Serpentine Transformation Marathon 2015. The first data sonification testbed was launched at ONCA 2016, and two day-long participatory labs will take place in June and July 2017 supported by Forma Arts and Arts Council England.
For more details, visit: https://www.artsadmin.co.uk/events/4035
"Research shows that sound touches us in inexplicable ways. By using music, the hope is to create an emotional response to something that for many might look meaningless on a page."
Director: Jezza Neuman
Music: Jamie Perera
- RTS Award for Photography
- Robert F Kennedy Award for TV Journalism
- Emmy Awards Nominee 2013
In the United States, child poverty has reached record levels, with over 16 million children now affected. Food banks are facing unprecedented demand, and homeless shelters now have long waiting lists, as families who have known a much better life sometimes have to leave their homes with just a few days notice.
This World asks three children whose families are struggling to get by to explain what life in modern America really looks like through their eyes. Told from the point of view of the children themselves, this one-hour documentary offers a unique perspective on the nation’s flagging economy and the impact of unemployment, foreclosure and financial distress as seen through the eyes of the children affected.
***** Guardian Review: "lightning-speed pianist will make your heart tingle".
Written by Lubomyr Melnyk and Jamie Perera.
Produced by Robert Raths and Jamie Perera.
Released by Erased Tapes Nov 20015
Listen / buy: https://www.erasedtapes.com/release/eratp077-lubomyr-melnyk-rivers-and-streams
This video animation is both a celebration of the Treaty 'coming into force' on the 24th of December 2014 and a call to governments around the world to accept and uphold the treaty and put pressure on the world's biggest exporters and importers of arms and ammunition to join the treaty and endorse it too.
Sound design and music by Jamie Perera
Inspiration from the Berlin Wall (see pic below video).
Sonifying a series of mathematical proofs with Oxford's Simonyi Professor Marcus Du Sautoy. Series includes sonifications of Euclid's Proof of Primes, the Square Root of 2, and Thale's Theorum
Narrative of Simple Forms
Gallery: Winns Gallery Walthamstow
In sound and media, made in collaboration with artist Nathan Bayliss
(writeup in progress)
Very happy to have helped director Frankie Fathers with this.
What’s it really like to be a young Native American? Beset with alcohol and drug problems, this South Dakota reservation is desperate to revive ancient traditions and joins the protest against the Dakota Access oil pipeline which they say threatens their land.
Pine Ridge is home to the Lakota Sioux and is one of the poorest areas of America with many struggling against drug and alcohol addiction. The Lakota were forced onto the Rez in the late 1800s, their customs and religion stripped away over the decades. But things are changing. Schools are now reviving traditional ceremonies, banned by the government until 1978, and young people are returning to Lakota ways.
The Natives: This is Our America follows a symbolic buffalo kill at Little Wound High and eighteen year-old Arthur’s journey as a new father. Transgender teen Sky and his friends join thousands of other Native activists at the Standing Rock protest camp to protect the Sioux Tribe’s water supply which they say is under threat from the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Director: Andrew Hinton
J.S Parthibhan is a bank manager with a difference: he's interested in people, not numbers. Through micro loans, he helps villagers in rural areas develop a sense of entrepreneurship and self-respect.
Travelling on his moped to isolated villages, Parthibhan has made it his mission to bring his bank to the people, not the other way around. For him, reforming the system should happen at the most basic level: face to face. "It is about more than just dealing with money. It is dealing with people, with their aspirations."
These villagers need a loan for a new kiln. He educates them about money and talks them through the process of opening an account. "If I were a doctor I would care for the people coming to me the same way as I do now." In the past years, he's successfully backed countless similar ventures: "You can talk about financial crisis, but the importance is cultivating people. If you do that, everything falls in to the right place".
Directors: Leah Borromeo and Katharine Round
Interactive Director: Gilbert Sinnott
Client: Victoria & Albert Museum
1960s and 1970s apartheid South Africa saw anti-apartheid leaders like Nelson Mandela jailed or killed for their resistance to a racist regime. African National Congress activists such as Ronnie Kasrils were exiled abroad - often to London. These exiles recruited young men and women from university and activist circles to carry out secret missions in South Africa. Using their white privilege and everyday items such as buckets and kitchen timers, they constructed ‘leaflet bombs’ to disseminate thousands of messages of resistance to black South Africans, turning the apartheid system against itself.
This experiential and interactive documentary from Disobedient Films [Leah Borromeo, Katharine Round, Gilbert Sinnott], originally commissioned for the V&A, was designed to be disobedient in both form and content. By using the internet ‘pop-up’ as a narrative device, the film echoes the distribution of leaflets. The messages of resistance in this case are the testimonies of the men and women who risked their lives to play their part in the long road to freedom.
Featuring interviews with those who took part, from the mastermind of the operation, to the printers of the leaflets, to the people who set off the leaflet bombs, this immersive and interactive film takes viewers across multiple parallel narratives. As they navigate through the story of the mission, at key points the viewer has the option to choose which narrative they follow. Viewers can either watch all of the narratives, or select a particular strand. Any chosen route takes the viewer to a leaflet maker to write their own message and share it with friends and other viewers. Dedicated viewers are rewarded with a number of hidden stories, picture and poster galleries and photomontages from Peter Kennard.
"“We wanted to explore how digital media can tell multiple narratives, allowing viewers to understand the incredible story of the London Recruits from different perspectives. The result is a rich fusion of documentary and interactive storytelling where the format helps convey the secretive, surprising nature of the Recruits’ work.” Kati Price, Head of Digital Media, V&A"
Well, this was nice. After a few heartfelt conversations with Grey Filastine, I cycled all over Paris with a massive boombox strapped to my back, constructed a swarm sound system with the Jardin de Alice Hackspace, created ambient loops of nature being fucked over, ticking clocks, swarms of bees, and then just when it looked certain that the police were going to arrest anyone that was walking in groups greater than two, we were freely performing it all over Paris for COP21. It's nice to co-create reactive sound art. Composition can be very passive sometimes.
We also whipped the Saudi embassy. But Al Jazeera didn't show it for some reason :)
Music & Music Supervision
Client: Vice New
In September 2014, VICE News documented the birth of the so-called Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong. When students organized a weeklong strike to protest China’s handling of the local election process, the government responded with tear gas. Thousands of Hong Kong residents took to the city’s streets in solidarity with the students and the protesters occupied several major roads for weeks on end.
Nearly two months into the occupation, the demands and resolve of the protesters remained unchanged. They started to become fatigued and divided against each other, however, and public support for their cause began to decline. The movement was under immense pressure to either escalate their action, or to retreat and give back the streets.
When VICE News returned to Hong Kong near the end of 2014 to check in on the protesters, we witnessed the final days of the Umbrella Movement’s pro-democracy demonstrations.
Watch "Hong Kong Rising" - https://news.vice.com/video/hong-kong-silenced
Disobedient with Jamie Perera
Sonification of Donald Trump's Paris Climate Agreement Pullout Speech.
Trump distorts the truth and so we decided to distort him according to the level of porky pie he was telling. You might hear sheep in the background when his people clap for him, personally I can't tell them apart.
Featured in Cafe Oto's "AMPLIFICATION / ANNIHILATION: IN SONIC DEFIANCE OF EXTINCTION" curated by Anja Kanngieser
Sound Design and Dubbing Mix
Feature film - 2011
Directed by Isabelle Frémeaux, John Jordan, Kyp Kyprianous
Production : Zones/La Découverte - U.K/France
The future is not what it used to be. Our Utopian imagination has atrophied in the asphyxiating atmosphere of apocalyptic predictions: a climate catastrophe, energy shortages, spreading social injustice, mass extinctions, economic meltdowns and resource wars. It is a lot easier to imagine the world ending than changing for the better. But perhaps it is exactly when Utopia becomes unimaginable that it is most needed.
Many of us fear that radically different ways of living are impossible, but is this fear simply because Utopias have become invisible, eclipsed by the shadows that capitalism throws over everything that refuses to fit its shape?
Just as the storms of the financial crisis began, Isabelle Fremeaux and John Jordan set out on a journey across Europe to experience examples of post-capitalist living. They were not looking for escapist Neverlands, blueprints for a perfect future or universal systems, but communities who simply dare to live differently, despite the catastrophe of capitalism.
For 7 months they travelled through 11 communities and projects. From a direct action Climate Camp set up illegally on the edges of Heathrow airport to a hamlet squatted by French punks, an off grid low impact permaculture community to occupied self-managed Serbian factories, a free love commune in an ex Stasi base to a farm where private property had been abolished, Fremeaux and Jordan shared different ways of loving and eating, producing and sharing things, deciding together and rebelling. Having befriended the mayor of a Spanish village that had expropriated the local Duke’s land, children who ran their own anarchist school and the philosophical postman of the Danish free town of Christiania, the authors became convinced that within the invisible interstices of the dominant system, the spirit of present tense Utopias is thriving. The recent Occupy movement, with its direct democracy and experiments in micro alternative societies are further proof that there is a hunger for visions of postcapitalism.
From this experience came a film-book, (published by Editions Zones/La Decouverte, paris, 2011) fusing reflective travel writings with an attached DVD. Whilst the book is a rich travelogue, analyzing the communities, their practices and their histories, the film is a magicorealist road movie set in an imagined post-crash post-capitalist future but shot in the style of a fictional documentary during the journey.
Beautifully designed by SKART (who represented Serbia at the 2010 Venice Architecture Bienniale) Paths Through Utopias is a unique publication whose words and images blur the boundaries between the present and future, the imagined and the realised. It makes us crave another way of living, and challenges us to start now. Chosen as one of top ten books of 2011 by French culture magazine Les Inrokuptibles the book film has sold over 12,000 copies and has now been published in Germany (Nautilus,2012) and South Korean (Beautiful People, 2013).
Following the publication in France, the authors left London and their tenured university jobs and are now setting up a radical community on an abandoned farm in Morbihan, France – La r.O.n.c.e (meaning brambles in French - Resist, Organise, Nourish, Create, Exist).
Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOdfc0xMKuY
Keep up to date with John and Isa: https://lessentiersdelutopie.wordpress.com/
With Nathan Bayliss (animation) and Richard Peppiatt (film)