Sound Development City is a project that sends 10 – 13 artists selected from around the world on a three week expedition to two European cities every summer. During this time they establish new networks and develop their own projects while exploring unfamiliar cities.
The focus on the trip is experimentation, research and finding inspiration in unknown conditions and new experiences.
Last year, South African sound artist Malose Malahlela was invited to take part. Born and schooled in Limpopo, Malose moved to johannesburg to further his studies after graduating high school. As a student he and a close friend formed a collective called innercitycommunity with the aim of creating an alternative and artistic platform of expression. The sessions were hosted in a small room and included screenings, performances and discussions. This is where his interest in sound and collaborative projects developed.
In 2008 the collective moved to a heritage space called the Drill Hall and the platform expanded by including not just students but the rest of Johannesburg artists and cultural practitioners. The same year Malose co-founded an art organization called Keleketla! Library: an inter-disciplinary, independent library and media arts project space.
As a sound artist Malose uses the name Kadromatt and describes himself as an international creative practitioner on an exploration of sound as the syllables that form urban life. Before the Sound Development City project he completed a four week sound residency at KHOJ Studios in New Delhi, India.
Sound Development City 2013 started in Lisbon and ended in Marseille. Malose’s project was entitled Third Space: an audio walk which brought the sounds of Johannesburg to Europe. Participants listened to recordings made by Malose back home while they walked through their cities. During the audio walk Johannesburg becomes the imaginative city that exists as a third playground.
He says, “You get to know a city through narrative, through a story, through people talking, because it is linked more to memory than any other thing. A person can tell you a specific memory of a place or a specific interaction he’s had in a certain space or venue, how he got to move around and to coexist in the space.”
Malose collaborated with Samsung to capture video and sound.