Sounds of Eurasia – Constructing a network through Beuys records is an international collaborative project that aims to visualize the process of building an artist network across Asia.
The primary initiator of contact between artists are three vinyl records with voice messages from artists living in Southeast Asia. These records each titled: Hare, Staff, and Coyote are sent to artists living in regions between Europe and Asia via post. Once the record arrives, artists take part in an interview and provide audio / visual material that relates to their practice and surrounding environment before being asked to pass the record to the next artist. The journey of these records are documented in the links below.
Another important aspect of this project is the creative re-interpretations of vinyl records related to Joseph Beuys. Over the last six months, dj sniff has collected all releases of Joseph Beuys’s performances that has been documented on vinyl. Beuys Records Sound Notes is a podcast series that reviews these records based on their sound characteristics and relationship to the medium.
Additionally, Playing Beuys’s Record is a 2-day performance staged at the Goethe Institut Tokyo in September 2021. Participating Japanese artists – Koichi Makigami, Chiho Oka, Makoto Oshiro, and dj sniff will listen to Beuys’s vinyl records together and discuss on how to create a set of instructions based their impressions. A performance made from these instructions will be performed and documented. This video, bundled together with the instructions and the actual records by Beuys, will become a blueprint for future collaborations between the musicians and sound artists participating in Sounds of Eurasia.
Beuys’s vinyl records collected by dj sniff will be donated to the Goethe Institut Tokyo library for free access to public while they are not in circulation.