totems of linearity


I was asked to write a ‘sound essay’ for the Portuguese magazine Wrong Wrong. The result was “Totems of Linearity“, a short text on how artifacts strewn across our landscapes, mostly related to communications infrastructure, electrification and border demarcations, can be appropriated as instruments of sonic architecture. Once redefined, these structures or totems of linearity, become objects of listening, in the way they allow us to ‘sense’ the non-human forces of the weather world. The text is accompanied by four field recordings and photos that I’ve collected over the years.

Below are several more images of totems of linearity series:

analog film photo by john grzinich

‘totems of linearity’ analog film photo by john grzinich

analog film photo by john grzinich

‘totems of linearity’ analog film photo by john grzinich

analog film photo by john grzinich

‘totems of linearity’ analog film photo by john grzinich

analog film photo by john grzinich

‘totems of linearity’ analog film photo by john grzinich

analog film photo by john grzinich

‘totems of linearity’ analog film photo by john grzinich

analog film photo by john grzinich

‘totems of linearity’ analog film photo by john grzinich

analog film photo by john grzinich

‘totems of linearity’ analog film photo by john grzinich

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