Guston Sondin – Kung | A Microscopic Burial

Start date: 08/05/2023

End date: 09/05/2023

Time: 15:00 / 16:00 / 17:00 / 18:00

Location: H401

On Monday, May 8 Guston will kick off at H401 the series of activities planned for the SPEME partners visiting Amsterdam in May. Click here to see the full programme.


Guston Sondin-Kung is an artist, filmmaker and writer. His work focuses on memory and the body investigated through situated knowledge, decoloniality and feminist new materialism. His artistic projects typically involve long term collaborative research that necessitates working across a multitude of disciplinary and discursive sites. He received a BFA from the California Institute of the Arts and a PhD from the University of Copenhagen.

His work has been exhibited, screened and printed internationally at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, MOCA Geffen Contemporary, Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Jeju National Museum, MASS Alexandria, Art Sonje Center, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Les Rencontres Internationales, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, The 38th International Festival of New Latin American Cinema, Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival, XIX ÍCARO, Festival Internacional de Cine, DOXA Film Festival and Videonalle 13.



About his performance (duration 30 minutes):

In 2019 a funeral took place in Berlin for the recently discovered microscopic remains of 300 political prisoners executed by the Nazi’s during World War II. Taking outset in this event, the audio performance The Microscopic Burial examines how the work of mourning can be composed and redistributed as a collective act that bonds through shared affinities. In the performance, oral storytelling is employed as a multi-sited mnemonic device. Additionally, it draws upon field recordings of the funeral, historical audio archives, essayistic spoken word compositions and spatialized resonant audio to produce a gathering of sounds that continue the work of mourning.

Surrounded by this sympathetic sonic resonance, the participants are taken on a journey from the past to the present, from the inside to the outside, from collective electrical impulses to the bodies that make them, from the embodied to the disembodied, from the human cell to the call of a bird, from a religious prayer to a field of political affinities, from the atmosphere of the everyday to how our bodies compensate for spatialized sonic vibrations.


Free entrance on:

  • Monday, May 8th at 3 pm and at 4 pm
  • Tuesday, May 9th at 4 pm, at 5 pm and at 6 pm.

Capacity is limited for this in situ performance, please RSVP by sending an email to Micol Manunta mentioning your name + number of people + preferred day + time of your participation.


Here is a glimpse of the event! Photos credit: LNDWstudio.


Guston Sondin-Kung’s audio performance took place in the frame of the activities organised for the SPEME partners visiting Amsterdam throughout the whole month of May. Click here to see the full programme