Original Photo: Åsmund Kaupang/Photo Creation: Temi Odumosu

2015 -2016

Kalunga. the water archive. the earth archive. systems of communication. places of transition. states of becoming.

The performance Kalunga is inspired by the symbology of the word Kalunga, present in the Bakongo Cosmogram (Dikenga). Kalunga is a word from the Bantu languages (an ethno-linguistic group located mainly in sub-Saharan Africa) which means the sea, as well as the burial grounds. The Bakongo Cosmogram is a representation of a life path, between the human and spiritual worlds – like the cycle of the sun. The Bakongo Cosmogram (Dikenga) is present in many Afro-Brazilians traditions in Brazil and is incorporated as a cosmos – vision of the world in those traditions.

The concept of this performance is to update the meaning of the word Kalunga in now days in relation with the transatlantic  slavery history and the Afro – diaspora that results from this journey throughout the sea.

It is a new path, a new journey inside of the history, the traces, the legacy of the memory and archive of this cosmo – vision that still alive above everything that have been silence concerning the slavery history. It is a claim of updating our body – memory that have been caring those archives and express them in culture, symbols and way of living.

Those archives still alive and they are dynamic, working in a multiple perspective of time and co-existing as a resistance of survival. Through adapting, overlapping and re – creating in context and time.

The work is based on Afro – Brazilian dances and ritualistic actions inspired and incorporated in relation with the path through the Bakongo Cosmogram (Dikenga). 

The performance Kalunga has become a trilogy: Kalunga Unspoken; Kalunga Entities and Kalunga Extended. 

  • Performance “Kalunga” by Luanda Carneiro Jacoel
  • Music by Åsmund Kaupang – which work directs itself at the integration of sound with movement and visual representations, through improvised music, in the context of instant composition and site-specific performnaces. He uses string instruments, voice and effect pedals to create sound with distinct textures and spatial components.
  • Presented at “FLAM VI | Forum for Live Art Amsterdam”2016 – Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Presented at “Archival Re-enactments Symposium” 2016 – at Malmö Inter Arts Center – Sweden
  • Presented at Somatic Archiving Symposium 2015 – Malmo, Sweden.