MAGURA

The sounds and rhythms of life in the village of Magura in southern Romania. 

The outcomes are a collection of soundworks and drawings for exhibition in Muzeul Judetean Teleormanul in the nearby town of Alexandria.

Tel Magura, located at the northern end of the village, is a settlement mound dating from the Neolithic. It is still in use today as a  church. It is not possible to listen to an ancient culture. That past is silent. At the very least, by recording silence and overlaying it on itself, we can hear the the passage of time in the resonance of empty spaces. 

The outcome of work with children from the village has produced a collective drawing. We asked the following questions. What does it mean to make a map? What does a map record? What does a map not record? If we want to make a map of Magura for the rest of the world to see then what do we want to show them? What do we want them to hear? If we want to show them the trees, then how can we do this accurately? How can we show the trees in summer, and the trees in winter? Can we create a map that records the passing of the seasons? If we want to represent the sound of a goose to a deaf person then how can we do this? Where on the map should the sound be placed?