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Issue 5.3 / 2016:

Still Sleeping

Meira Asher

In June 2016 i was invited to create a piece to be played at a specific valley in the forest of Jerusalem.

I wanted to initiate a sound-walk to the other side of the forest where the 16-year-old Palestinian boy Mohammed Abu Khdeir was burnt alive by a Jewish settler and his two teenage nephews in July 2014.

The curator asked me instead to stick to the valley allocated for this soundart event and I couldn’t imagine what else could I express in the forest of Jerusalem at night?! Strange sonic fruits hanging from trees? I compromised on a stereoed stuffy car to be placed in a dark spot at the end of a path there because this is how Mohammed Abu Khdeir was led to his death in this forest.

When I travelled with my children to the South Sinai desert a month later (we visit there often in spite of the official travel warnings) I realised that my motherly fears are now leaking through my steady mindset and my ability to suppress them is clearly dropping. This is the start of ‘Still Sleeping’. I will explore it further.

The piece was completed on August 8, 2016. It contains field and body recordings, electronics and voice. It was re-commissioned by Eyebeam NY, for the site specific soundart exhibition 'Acoustic Infrastructure' organised by Jamie Allen, of continent..

Credits: I used special microphones designed by scientist Noam Gavrieli to record my body, and "grouse mountain, silent forest", a field recording by Frank Schulte for Radio Aporee.

— Meira Asher