Sounds of Europe – artist statement + project proposal
a project developed by Daniel Djamo (RO)
I plan to create "Sounds of Europe", a sound art, performative and participative art project that shall question the success of integration of foreign elements in Bucharest, Netherlands, focusing on the routes followed by 16 Greek immigrants after the dissolution of the European Union, in a fictional age (the year 2028). The works will be developed alongside a research related to a fictional age, which I have crafted. It is the spring of the year 2028.
Along with a fall of the European market, illegal immigration affected more and more territories of Western countries. All of the European borders are failing. Netherlands recently launched project “Dome”, in which it developed protection-domes over all of the cities and towns of the country. Each city has developed a bar-code system, in which in every citizen is implanted a microchip and has a especially-designated bar-code, which assures safety and full-knowledge over people’s position within the country. You can approach cities only upon microchip and bar-code approval. Once you have entered a new space, your particular code determines your position.
After the fall of the European Union (2024), Greece saw a period of financial difficulty. The Serbian Union became the main power in the Balkans, after the reunification of what was Yugoslavia. Greece sold its gold resources to Poland, and all of its oil to Austria. From an economic point of view, the country is in a coma.
Nonetheless, a group of 16 Irish immigrants have managed to infiltrate all of the borders. From there on, they planned the final act: reaching Amsterdam, where some relatives found jobs for them. This is where our story begins. I am interested in their moment of decision and I plan to develop an artistic discourse from this starting point. Did they survive? If so, how?
My project is a fiction and is focused on creating an imaginary performative archive of a future year, anticipating the results of struggles and tensions that we are confronted with right now within our societies, while also understanding and reflecting the past conflicts.
The constructed fiction of the year 2028 shall put under the magnifying glass the stories of 16 people in the aftermath of a struggle situation, that can also be ending up as a conflict. Imaginary testimonies of young people (teenagers and students up to 25 years old) that never saw war and conflict, will blend past and present in order to best reflect a future, that shall belong to them. That is why I would want to collaborate in this project also with the young generation. They are going to be the force of the project, since in the following years that shall be writing their future and that of the whole country.
"Sounds of Europe" shall result as an performative-archival work, that shall be constructed as a performative-workshop.
I plan to address 16 students and the young generation (people up to 25 years old) from Greece in general, in the shape of a performative workshop.
Basically: we will ask them to create a character from scratch. I will craft together a past story of individuals and their reasons for leaving Greece for Netherlands. They will have to think about a reason and a path that they took from Greece towards Netherlands. They will tell their stories, they will imagine their condition in Greece, they job occupation, their interest, their family ties and the reasons to leave the country. Maybe conflict / war, maybe financial crisis. Then, then they shall craft a story of the future year 2028, that shall be presented as a testimony of the past. They will talk about the character either in first person or either as in third, as someone close to them, which they knew or know. Thus, in the moment of the presentation, they are possibly in the year 2030, 2040, 2060 or 2070. They can decide. It shall result in a performative-workshop and a sound installation of the recorded stories.
Duration: 2-3 hours
Workshop: a series of events (either group or one-on-one meetings)
Duration: 2-3 hours
Place of the workshop: fully flexible