Re-Volution Sampler – The Aesthetics of a Participatory Archive of Political Songs

Daniel Cermak-Sassenrath, Stina Hasse Jørgensen

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This article describes and reflects upon the Re-Volution Sampler installation; an exploratory work to investigate how sonic archival material can be disseminated in engaging ways. The Re-Volution Sampler is a participatory installation which consist of a multi-layered assemblage of sonic documents. Ten political songs represent a multi-lingual mix of international, European and local Danish titles from the last decades. Participants can listen to songs and sing along, applaud, cheer or add verbal comments; they can also start new recordings. During an evaluation period of one week at a semi-public location, qualitative and quantitative methods are employed to collect data on the installation's engaging properties. We observe lively, shared and constructive interactions; that the participation is at the same time restrained; and that questions of power relationships surface as an essential aspect to navigate. The intended empowering effect of the installation appears uncertain and requires further investigation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRe-Volution Sampler – The Aesthetics of a Participatory Archive of Political Songs
Number of pages131
Publication date2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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