Veronica Georgiou (2020) Too Shiny, Too Broken, courtesy of the artist
Civil defence sirens placed in Archangelos area in Nicosia, Cyprus.
Civil defence sirens placed on the rooftop of the Hellenic Bank building in Tseri area in Nicosia,
Veronica Georgiou (2020), courtesy of the artist
Dogs being anxious when listening to the sirens on a sunrise of July 15th.
When you hear two tones - one in each ear - that are slightly different in frequency, your brain processes a beat at the difference of the frequencies. This is called a binaural beat. Binaural beats are claimed to induce the same mental state associated with a meditation practice, but much more quickly.
Screenshots from Binaural Gen, frequency generation mobile app, courtesy of the artist
Cats almost meditate at the binaural frequency of 528Hz.
Video courtesy of Androula Kafa (while preparing her 45min live sound session based on the frequency for Subaerial: Evry1wlcome)
Pauline Oliveros (1974) Sonic Meditations, Smith Publications
Veronica Georgiou (2019) Undo, if you’re bleeding, courtesy of the artist
Veronica Georgiou (2019) Yoga Mat, courtesy of the artist
*She gave me this information during my Saturn return
Veronica Georgiou explores the healing properties of specific sound frequencies through installation and audiovisual experiences. In 2018 she initiated Subaerial, an ongoing series of deep-listening ceremonies using ambient and experimental sound to transcend thought through experiencing stillness.
Hacking Traditions is an ongoing introspection on the penetrating echo of civil defence sirens located around Cyprus that are reminiscent of 1974’s war. Each year on the 15th and 20th of July, the sirens are activated for a short period of time in memory of the traumatic event. This particular work looks at the technicalities of sound used to activate collective as well as interpersonal trauma, and the meaning of using certain sounds from a predefined space and time to trigger collective memory.