Thora Dolven Balke

In Thora Dolven Balke's Daata Editions commission, across 6 sound works, young voices recreate a reaction to a YouTube user’s comment describing his fear of dying and anxiety of missing out on the future advances of humanity. Responding to Flying Lotus’ video for “Never Catch Me”, from his album “You’re Dead”, the comment spurs a conversation about death and how to cope with life from the perspective of youth. In Dolven Balke’s works the voices are layered over binaural recordings of the city of New York and the people living in it. Thus life flows unaffected by the questioning of the works’ protagonists, creating interweaving layers of time and experience, punctured by moments of insight, compassion, humour and possible solutions to one of life’s biggest mysteries.

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