About Matrices of Vision

Influenced by Tiara Roxanne's research into data colonialism, the piece uses artistic sonification to question a Swedish higher education report which traces student demographics across seven decades.

In place of dominant western twelve tone tuning, Toll applies Just Intonation to highlight data extraction, creative restrictions and bias. She expands on this by using a concert flute to play the harmonic  series, rather than the standard western tuning it was designed for.

As the instruments move up and down the octaves, the lines of data are represented through sound and the piece takes on an embodied, emotional response to the information. What is heard is a refusal to
comply to these so-called rational systems. What results, is a sonic narrative that unsettles accepted hierarchies by moving beyond the limitations of these systems: in what Roxanne describes as “a kind of flooding of listening and experiencing, from the body and the spaces that surround the body.”

The release concert this July features musicians Lucy Railton, Rebecca Lane, and Evelyn Saylor, and is hosted by KW Institute for Contemporary Art’s Pogo Bar series at the Klosterruine in Berlin. The performance features a spoken word introduction by Tiara Roxanne.