Original Photo: Åsmund Kaupang/Photo Creation: Temi Odumosu

2015 -2016

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

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

The performances Kalunga are 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 cosmogram is a representation of a life path, between the human and spiritual worlds. The Dikenga cosmogram is present in many Afro-Brazilians traditions as well and is incorporated as a cosmovision of the world.

The concept 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.

Reflecting on the notion of being and belonging throughout the Black Atlantic history. It is a new path, a new journey inside of the history, the traces, the legacy of memories and archives that still alive above everything that have been silence concerning the slavery history.

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

Our body – memory carry those archives and express them in culture, symbols, philosophy and way of living.

Concept/Creation by Luanda Carneiro Jacoel

  • 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.