Reciting Citations

A team of writers assemble in a circle. Each participant should bring with them a list of writers and thinkers, whom they have referred to in their latest draft or publication and a pencil for keeping track of events. The senior member of the group makes sure everyone understands the rules and initiates the song.

  1. Call out the names in your list in alphabetical order. Follow this structure: “Lastname, firstname is in my list” and repeat it four times. If a text you are citing has multiple authors, each of them should be called out independently. But wait for the group to respond before continuing.
  2. After a name has been called out, members of the circle will respond to it by singing “Lastname, firstname is not on our list” and repeating it four times.
  3. If someone in the circle has the name in their list they are to remain silent. After the response of the circle is completed they should interrupt by singing “Lastname, firstname is in my list” (x4) to which the group will respond to by singing “Lastname, firstname is not on our list” (x4).
  4. If someone in the circle wants to include the name to a list they are planning, they should respond with “Lastname, firstname will be on my list” (x4).
  5. After a full cycle of responces, the person who initiated the call out will continue according to the alphabetical order of their list. Members of the circle will continue responding according to the rules.
  6. After the first person has gone trough their entire reference list, the person on their left will continue following the same format, melody and rhythm. But they will exclude names that have already been recited.


Envision Yourself as Fossil in the Future – consultation.

  • First we discuss what noise is. We listen to field recordings,  samples of white or pink noise, the sound of our hands rubbing against each other and talk about what these noises sound & feel like.
    • Example. We try to visualise the shape and texture of our hands through the noises they make when rubbed against each other.
  • We discuss what media is. Information can be stored into different substances. Substances change when information is recorded. What we hear when listening to recorded sounds is how the media changed when information was stored to it.
    • We listen to blank recordings and amplified silence.
  • We try to imagine how traces of this time are transmitted to the far future. Some of our messages will travel so far that they will be considered fossils when they reach their audiences.
    • A FM transmission might get stuck and orbit the sun, to be heard/experienced a millennia from today.
  • We think about noise. How the sound of noise bounces from surfaces it hits and changes. Samples of its grains map out every sound that has existed and demarcate every sound that will exist.
    • We listen to entropy. Let’s try to imagine shape of our hands through the sound of our hands rubbing against each other.
  • When we listen to noise carefully: We can hear sounds of today – The way they will heard in the future.
  • This is how we can discover our fossilised remains in the future.