Alchemy of Food Navid Navab

“The ignorance of shit”, an intensive human quality considered the ultimate definition of kitsch by Milan Kundera, prohibits the polite man from embracing shit as an essential part of life. “Alchemy of Food” brings into the foreground our emotionally complex relation to food, shit, and the eco-life and explores the mutation of food and circulation of cosmic energy with relation to the body, and our existential territories. Physical and psychological thresholds, where embodied matter is disembodied and vice-versa, form intensive sensual gates which assure our survival as living entities. “Freud demonstrated that simple objects like milk and shit supported very complex existential Universes: orality, anality, weaving together ways of seeing, symptoms, fantasms. The Blocks of sensation of machinic orality detach a deterritorialised flesh from the body… Everything has to continually begin again from zero, at the point of chaosmic emergence.” (Guattari, Chaosmosis)

As a composition, Alchemy of Food investigates the permutation and transformation of symbolically charged sound. The focus, however, is not solely the symbolic qualities, but rather the morphological characteristics of the sound objects within the timber space and their evolution through out the micro, messo and macro temporal zones.

  • Year of composition: 2007
  • Genre: Electroacoustics
  • Format: Fixed media
  • Hardware used: Laptop
  • Software used: Max/MSP, Amadeus Pro, Protools
  • Duration of the submitted work: 4:05
  • Production: Home

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