Not-separateness is a public discussion of actions, patterns and strategies for sonic activism, sounding out urban space, and street (sound) art.
The urban phenomenon is one of separating; separating the human experience from the rest of the world. Ownership of property is separating; separating us from each other and from our mutual entitlement to land. In applying Not-separateness, “modifications are made to [us] and our surroundings so that we gain more of the subtle substance of our surroundings; and at the same time [our] surroundings gain more of the substance inherent in [us]. The two are brought closer together… knit together, to create a texture in which the separateness of any given entity is reduced.”
from The Process of Creating Life; Christopher Alexander
What role does sound have to play in the ‘theatre of protest’? Not-separateness considers sound’s role in a discourse of political dissent and postulates new strategies for the appropriation of public-private space through sound. not-separateness.net is the beginning of a public discussion around these themes and a repository for simple, replicable actions or patterns that can be shared between a community of sound activists across the globe. Not-separateness seeks cheap solutions by breathing new ‘functionality’ into objects used by all of us, but whose ‘purpose’ we take for granted.