Sophia Loizou reads ‘Hydro’ taken from her forthcoming poetic collection ‘Untold: A Tellurian Memorandum’…
Multidisciplinary artist and doctoral researcher Sophia Loizou’s debut poetic collection ‘Untold: A Tellurian Memorandum’ imagines a series of speculative sentient landscapes. The six works envision different aspects of entangled Earthly relationships; from the aqueous roots of biotic life and non-human systems of perpetual growth, to biologically enhanced futures where multiple forms of life collide, connect and share their material qualities. ‘I wanted to portray an open and empathic mutliform future,’ explains Sophia. ‘a world that celebrates the vibrant, messy and multifaceted beauty of non-human forces and forms.’
The book is accompanied by a 30 minute speculative sonic landscape in which sounds from living systems, field recordings from human, animal and technological origins meet – producing wild and unpredictable results.
‘A Tellurian Memorandum’ is part of a much bigger multi-disciplinary project that also includes the LP ‘Untold’, artworks, an AV show and a lecture performance. ‘Untold’ is not about the natural or the technological but the relationships between the two, where sonic textures, breaks and melodies are shaped by the dynamics of a lions roar or the rhythm of a dolphin’s echolocation emissions. “I didn’t want to make it human-centric,” explains Sophia. “I wanted to remove my compositional and structural domination, to find ways to make it about the symbiosis of systems I see in the world.”
Loizou operates at the intersection of contemporary electronic music, speculative fiction and the ecological. She is currently working on a PhD at Goldsmiths, University of London, and is a lecturer in music production.