“Every Kinokophonography event is a chance to meet others, discuss techniques and approaches, gain feedback, and most importantly listen. There is no hierarchy, the first time recordist, the multi-award winning recordist or the interested member of the public are all equally welcome to hear the world through the other’s ears – to sonically experience the world in all its variety and strangeness – in short to hear differently.” – NYPL website, February 4, 2014, Coryn Smethurst

Amanda Belantara is a New York-based artist born in Pueblo, CO. She is a documentary artist who researches ethnographies audio-visually, creating pieces that focus attention on the various images and sounds that emanate from people’s behavior. Belantara’s group exhibitions include Kinokologue: The John Rylands Library, UK (2012); Re-Modernologio: Landscape of Traces, Aomori Contemporary Art Centre (2012); Kinokologue: Sonic Specimen Boxes, Madlab, Manchester, UK (2011); Kareizawa Artist in Residence Exhibition, Japan (2011); and Weavingscapes, Akiyoshidai International Art Village, Japan (2009).

Belantara’s residencies and awards include Artist in Residence, Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Japan (2012); Kareizawa Artist in Residence, Japan (2011); A Piece Of Cosmos Residency, Japan (2010); Trans-Artist Residency, Japan (2009); Cornerhouse and Paul Hamlyn Foundation Art Commission. Her publications include “Winter Near the Forest,” CD, A Quiet Position, Locale.  Impulsive Habitat. (2012); and “The Soundtrack,” Vol. 5, Number 1. Intellect Journals. (2013). She received her M.A. from University of Manchester.

Kinokophone collects and composes sounds, stories and imagery from around the world. Kinokophone take their name from the Japanese word for mushroom. Mushrooms are a product of intricate connections that lie beyond the surface, with roots in folklore and imaginary worlds, much like the work we produce. They aspire to create new and innovative artworks, to take part in creative collaborations and to build community through sound, stories and imagination.  Sprinkling spores across the globe, Kinokophone seeks to reveal, excite, and inspire.  The relationship between people and the sonic environment and social science research relating to sound are key interests in our arts practice. Through sound and shared listening, they believe that they can learn about different environments and cultures to unearth connections between people around the world.

Since 2008 they have been producing installations, sound for documentary films, oral history projects, music, tapestries, models; anything that they think is exciting and fun. Kinokophone has worked extensively with diverse communities and arts and governmental organizations such as the New York Public Library of Performing Arts, Manchester City Council, Bolton City Council,  St. Luke’s Art Project, Chinese Arts Center, Indian Association and Manchester Art Gallery to realize community art projects and deliver artistic workshops.  They also organize Kinokophonography, an evening of sharing and listening to field recordings from around the world. In organizing Kinokophonography, they are able to further their research as field recordists and sound oriented artists by creating an interdisciplinary platform for sharing work and ideas.

Featured Image Photo Credit: Emily Dennison