NOVEMBER 9 @ 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM ONLY: Artist Robert “Chi” Machiri performs a Houston-specific iteration of sonic movements and archival recordings from “Pungwe Sound Trails” — a series of art installations, expert panels, and public engagements aimed to deepen understanding and experiences of climate migration in Houston.
Born in Zimbabwe and based in Germany, Machiri’s practice of Pungwe is conceived as a series of ephemeral encounters that explore relationships between people, history, and memory through intersections of sound and spatial politics. Pungwe engages with social, political and economic concerns that are performative and sonic, and centers on sounds from communities affected by the intersections of colonialism, climate change, and migration globally—from Harare, Zimbabwe to Berlin, Germany to Houston, Texas.
Pungwe Sound Trails is presented with the Houston Climate Justice Museum in conjunction with “Climate Migration: Displacement, Travel, Home,” a series of art installations, expert panels, and public engagements that aim to deepen understanding and experiences of climate migration in Houston.
Machiri is a sound worker, a deejay, and a hoarder of things inspired by his biographical recollection of music and interest in sonic objects. His work exists at the juncture of two streams of practice, curatorial projects and art production presented through an embodied critique; a process of learning and unlearning that interweaves sound, music and image-making. His most notable project PUNGWE is an ‘anti-disciplinary’ project that circles African soundings with related contemporary arts discourses and spaces.