Michael Salu, Solitary Breath, 2021
In this performative reading, artist, writer and scholar Michael Salu opens up the cinema space for a meditation on listening to the polyphonous dimensions of earth – inhumane and human – and to the frequencies of colonial afterlives. Drawing from his recent literary work, RedEarth (2023), Salu coalesces sound, words, image and space into a multi-sensual choreography on selfhood, grief and loss meshing towards nonhuman perspectives.
Red Earth is an expansive text and the source material for Michael Salu’s broader interdisciplinaryartistic study, where machine learning is central to various processes to ask whether one can use computational translation to engage other knowledge systems.
Michael Salu is a British-born Nigerian writer, artist, scholar, editor and creative strategist with an interdisciplinary practice. His written work has appeared in several literary journals, magazines, art and academic publications, and he has exhibited internationally as an artist. He runs Houseof Thought, an artistic research practice and consultancy focusing on bridging creative, critical thinking and technology and is part of Planetary Portals, a research collective. He lives in Berlin.