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Sarah van Lamsweerde, Esther Mugambi, Raoul Carrer
12/04/2021 - 25/04/2021

Agripuncture / Sore Spot Songs


During WW I and II, civilians were encouraged to create victory gardens: vegetable, fruit, and herb gardens planted at private residences and public parks to reduce the pressure on food supply brought on by the war effort. The victory gardens were a type of propaganda, showing an enemy the resilience of people: even a bomb crater can be turned into something productive and beautiful.


Agripuncture / Sore Spot Songs takes the crater garden as a metaphor and applies it to the urban present: what are the sore spots in our cities and how can we collectively care for them?


During performative ‘Agripuncture’ sessions, residents are invited to mark painful experiences in their neighbourhood (the sore spots) on a map. In the course of this process, we come up with propositions for ephemeral monuments, such as scattering the seeds of healing plants or singing ‘memorial songs’ in these marked locations, creating new ‘lieux de mémoire’ which together will form a subjective representation of the borough.


The sonic development of the Sore Spot Songs is based on the speculative belief that some frequencies can heal or even make plants grow. The lyrics are based on the desciption of the incidents.


In 2019, the first episode of this project was realized in Amsterdam-Noord. Several performative sessions with inhabitants were organized, pointing out to each other locations where painful events have happened.


In 2020, Sarah van Lamsweerde, Esther Mugambi and Raoul Carrer have restarted research at Qo2 for a possible Brussels version of the project. While developing sonic material for songs that could be created during workshops with inhabitants and local organizations of the Canal Zone, they are working on a garden, a safe haven that could become the starting point for future Agripuncture Sessions and Sore Spot Songs walking tours.


Concept: Sarah van Lamsweerde
Development and performance: Raoul Carrer and Esther Mugambi
Cartography / Graphic design: Sophie Boiron (Speculoos)
Soundtrack and sonic advice: Emmanuel Owusu Bonsu and Raoul Carrer
Vedic chanting tutor: Shantala Sriramaiah

Agripuncture / Sore Spot Songs is kindly supported by the Flemish Community and the Dutch Embassy

Sebastian Dingens - WALKS
Pavel Tchikov 29/11/23
Nika Son - Scatter

Q-O2 is supported by the Flemish Community, VGC and the European Union
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