Alexandre Zaezjev
PhD Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
BLUE Fellow
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Winter
2024
Building a sound installation to amplify the voices of refugees from war-torn regions
BLUE Fellow
Winter
2024

Background

The "Siren's Echo" is a sound installation, inspired by my recent research trip to war-torn Ukraine and set in either a dark room or a minimalist VR space. This project recreates the unsettling experience of relentless air raid sirens, symbolizing the immediate dangers of war, and juxtaposes this dehumanizing experience with another dehumanizing one - that of emotionally detached academic intellectualism.Its primary goals are multifaceted: firstly, to amplify the voices of refugees from war-torn regions, presenting their experiences through contemporary multimedia art. Secondly, it focuses on 'aural witnessing' over 'eye-witnessing,' underscoring the importance of auditory experiences in shaping our understanding of crises.Lastly, the installation examines the tension between emotion and cognition in comprehending human trauma, challenging traditional academic approaches that favor cognitive frameworks. It advocates for a multidisciplinary approach that blends empathic engagement with intellectual rigor, aiming to provide a deeper, more holistic understanding of the complexities surrounding displacement and conflict.

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