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Karl Tiréns jojk recordings – reflecting on sound archives

Folk music collector Karl Tirén (1869–1955) was an early pioneer in the documentation of the jojk singing tradition and culture of the Sami people. During an expedition in 1913–1915 he used the Edison phonograph to record over three hundred examples of jojk. Today these recordings are important both as a cultural heritage and inspiration to new interpretations on jojk. Part of the collection will be included in the upcoming exhibition Swedish Ecstasy at Bozar in Brussels in 2023, curated by Daniel Birnbaum.

This workshop invites contemporary jojkers, artists and researchers to reflect on the current status of the jojk and the challenges and possibilities in the use of historic sound archives.