x-o.global is a location-media platform proposing a series of sound interventions in hybrid geographies and zones of conflict; in public places where cultural encounters expose the contradictions of a globalized order that allows commodities, information, and data to move freely, but not people. As an interactive and flexible platform, x-o.global examines the migratory phenomenon of the Haitian community moving from Chile to the US-Mexico border. It inserts sound into a set of selected landmarks across the main migration routes. The geolocative technology of the web-based interface relies on mobile devices to read the user’s geographical coordinates. The data extracted from the users’ device interacts with sound-maps traced over the urban fabric to create non-linear sonic narratives responding to the user’s navigation. The platform stresses the necessity of shaping, manipulating, and appropriate hegemonic planetary-scale computational systems, such as the GPS (Global Positioning System), to make the public sphere a techno-poetic device enabled by a multi-layered sensorial experience. This sound cartography aims to disarm old notions of the urban and rebuild the city itself as a cultural weapon able to connect the spatial with the virtual, which in turn, suggests a speculative stance revolving around the parallel implementations of complex technological systems that generate accessible fields for reflection and resistance.
The project's first iteration will happen in Concepción, Chile, during a 45-day artistic residency at TTU (https://todalateoriadeluniverso.org); an organization dedicated to investigate the intersections between art, theory, and technology. Considering the large population of Haitian migrants residing in Concepción, while keeping in mind the nature of this project as one of implementation rather than production, collective participation through workshops is essential. The dialogue with the community will set the parameters to choose the places for the interventions to happen and the audio-clips that comprise the sound map will include the collaboration of the participants involved.Go>