Video by Abdeljalil Saouli (artist, Moulay Bouchta) & Gilles Aubry (artist, Berlin).
« STONESOUND » is a sonic exploration of the rocky environment of Moulay Bouchta, a village in the Jballa region in northern Morocco. The video is the result of a collaborative experiment in « stone sounding », both in the sense of exploring stone acoustics, and of investigating the « limits of things not yet known » (Helmreich 2016).
Guided by Abdeljalil Saouli's words, the spectator attends to the artist's way of relating to stones, as part of a larger local ecology of co-evolution between humans and the environment. Through tapping, the limestone blocks reveal a rich soundscape, somewhere between a giant lithophone instrument, a sound lab, and a living ecosystem carved by rain water erosion.
Saouli's comments emerged during conversations between the two artists, in which the ''universal'', notion of “sound-in-itself” came to be differentiated with the particularly situated notion of “stonesound”, more attuned to a specific lithic affect, and to a relational understanding of sound and listening.
The video is also a starting point for future conversations on sound and listening, and for additional responses by artists and researchers.