To follow with the recent posts, including extracts from his soundscapes on Cartier's digital platforms, and to lift our mood in these times of confinement, Bernie Krause wishes to share with the Fondation cartier’s audience a unique 60-minute sound immersion into the Amazon. Echoing the exhibition Claudia Andujar, The Yanomami Struggle (presently closed to the public), he brings us at the heart of the forest, in a natural habitat similar to Yanomami territories, in which a very close attention to natural sounds, animal vocalisations in particular, is an essential component of the Yanomami way of life. As with many of Bernie Krause's recordings, this soundscape and its biophony recorded in 1990 can no longer be heard today, for this natural habitat has since then been heavily compromised by intense logging and mining.

"In the forest, we never easily spot the animals, we notice them by the tracks they leave, or by catching a glimpse of them. Above all, we hear them. Bernie Krause’s work gives us access to this thousand-year-old— – yet still contemporary —experience, which is that of the forest hunters. He reveals a world we no longer know, a world in which anthropocentrism and its industrial background noise aren’t predominant. I discovered this with the Yanomami. At few times On a number of occasions, I spent the night with the hunters, listening to the sounds of the forest. They described to me how some amphibian, or bird, or mammal or insect was joining the chorus, exactly like in Bernie Krause’s soundscapes. Meeting with him brought me the necessary concepts to reconsider this experience in the forest, to which I hadn’t paid much attention to at the time. Through technological means, Bernie Krause reinvents for us a form of listening that is humankind’s most ancient experience—now lost to us."

Bruce Albert, Anthropologist

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