The Extra Geography

28 September 2021 – 30 January 2022
#Chamber Music

The Extra Geography is the title under which the collective and independent music label Sublime Frequencies will present an overview of their work from 2003 to the present day. Music tracks from over fifty of the projects/albums released by SF will randomly play in the CHAMBER MUSIC listening room, mixing places and sounds, traditions and technologies into an unexpected, soulful experience. The Extra Geography also includes the screening of a selection of films produced by SF and a public talk with co-founders Alan Bishop and Hisham Mayet.

Based in Seattle but cultivating global collaborations and nomadic lifestyles, SF define themselves as “a collective of explorers dedicated to acquiring and exposing obscure sights and sounds from modern and traditional urban and rural frontiers via film and video, field recordings, radio and short-wave transmissions, international folk and pop music, sound anomalies, and other forms of human and natural expression”. Applying the cut-up and collage techniques of William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin to found materials and recordings, SF pursue what they call an “aesthetic of extra geography”. One that eschews the branding strategies of corporate world music, as well as the limited scopes of academic ethnomusicology, to activate organic processes of redistribution of sound cultures and new experimental channels of listening.



Curator: Luca Lo Pinto
Coordinated by Sara Catenacci (curatorial) and Veronica Botta (production)
Exhibition and Events Assistants: Giulia Caruso, Beatrice Schivo
Assistant art handler: Matteo Pompili
Graphic production: Gimax