13:12 is a new and innovative cross art-form piece exploring the intersection of music, science and culture. Musically the project pushes boundaries to fuse the styles of West African, contemporary classical and jazz. The work includes 3D projection mapping and 2D animations linked to sound design to make the connection between science+arts +music+maths.
The project goal is to build knowledge and awareness of ancient concepts related to cosmology, mathematics, time and space to create new intercultural experiences that build consciousness and activate harmony.
13:12 explores concepts of cosmology, mathematics and astrophysics through a musical lens.This visionary cross-artform work navigates the intersection of art, science and culture to examine the complex nature of time and space, drawing links between what can be veriﬁed through sight and reason and what we sense and feel. Mathematically 13:12 when decoded in various ways calculates 7. In African cosmology 7 is embedded in the basics of music with 7 notes, 7 scales, 7 drum tones. The sabar drum is a key element as it draws on ancient polyrhythms that link astrophysics to patterns in the physical world.
research & Development
13:12 is multi-phased, the first phase was funded by Australia Council for the Arts and included developing new works to present the pilot performance at the Melbourne Recital Centre (2019). The project has longevity and will continue to be developed through multidisciplinary collaborations so the content can be further enriched and informed through cultural and scientific research in West Africa and Australia.
As the project enters its second phase of development the musical arrangements will be extended to a larger canvas, including; orchestra, electronic sound design and choral adaptations informed by an interdisciplinary panel of scientists, new media and sound designers to nurture and amplify 13:12’s purpose. Similarly, practice- based research will be conducted in West Africa with indigenous elders, cosmologists, oral historians and artists.
Lamine Sonko - Artistic Director / Composer
Lamine combines his talent as a composer, multi-instrumentalist and artistic director to provide the creative direction of the project, including research, development, production and presentation. He leverages his unique skill set as an educator and artistic director to mentor musicians formally trained in classical and jazz genres to engage in new learnings from a traditional perspective. Lamine collaborates with artists from multiple art forms and genres to fully develop the work and achieve the artistic vision.
Olive Moynihan - Producer
Olive is the production engine room behind 13.12. As an emerging creative producer, Olive is a natural at orchestrating behind the scenes project activities to seamlessly collaborate with the artistic team so to create high quality art. Her studies in the Arts and her creative partnerships have grounded her with a unique understanding of how art needs to be produced and presented to succeed in opening minds and touching hearts. She has been a producer and assistant director of theatre, music and choral productions.
Sophia Kostava - Co-Producer
Sophia Kostava is the founding director of social enterprise start-up 'Optimistic Art Projects' (oART). She works with artists to nurture projects that create optimistic outcomes and ignite societies’ curiosity and well-being. Sophia is a strategist at heart, with a passion for partnering with artists to create cultural assets that are sustainable and have longevity. Sophia has an extensive managerial background in both the commercial and not for profit sectors, specialising in strategy, change and project management. As co-producer of 13:12 Sophia leverages her unique skill set to bring divergent, new ways of thinking to the strategy and creative concepts while also developing ways to commercialise cultural assets for scalability and ﬁnancial sustainability.
Sue Clark - Research Advisor (Culture, Creativity & Philosophy Of Phenomenology)
Sue Clark has over 55 years of experience in arts & creativity program developments that have spanned across all art forms with cross-disciplinary & relational aesthetics design collaborations with architecture, landscape, contemporary design, phenomenology philosophy, digital technology & new media communications. As Director of The Centre for Cultural Partnerships (2004-2013) at Victorian College of the Arts, Sue developed a series of innovative programs in arts & community leadership including the 'first in Australia' curriculum & courses as Post Grad. + MA Community Cultural Development (2004-2013). The focus of Sue's action research is on intercultural knowledge exchange & the authenticity of specific unique forms of cultural heritage. Sue's research has articulated transformative means of reviving cultural knowledge whilst strengthening intercultural consciousness-raising impacts.
Bouly Sonko - Research Advisor (Senegal)
Bouly Sonko was director of Senegal’s national ballet - La Ballet National du Senegal, from 1982 - 2004. For over three decades he led the company of 35 dancers and musicians presenting award-winning work at performance halls and arts festivals around the world. One of his defining works, the internationally acclaimed ‘Pangols’ - was described as an exploration of ‘the spiritual nature of all living things’ (NY Times). Bouly’s work is a landmark in the history of West African performing arts and has influenced generations to explore the deep cultural meaning within music, dance and theatre traditions. In 13:12 he contributes his extensive knowledge of the arts and in particular the lesser-known and slowly dissapearing ancient arts traditions that exist in remote and regional parts of West Africa.
Oumy Sene - Research Advisor (Senegal)
Oumy Sene is one of Senegal’s most respected griot elders. In 1966 she accompanied Senegal’s President Senghor to lay the ceremonial first stone for the building of the country’s first National Theatre of the Arts. She is a member of a special council of high priestesses that preside over cultural ceremonies and a direct descendant of the Siing Siing lineage who are responsible for maintaining sabar drumming practices in Senegal. Sene has a specific role in understanding and preserving the rhythmic knowledge and oral history of the Serer and Wolof traditions and it’s connection to cosmology and nature.
Anita Qualye - Cello
Yacou Mbaye - Sabar / Calabash
Kumar Shome - Guitar
Ayesha Mehta - Piano
Film And Photography
Debajit Banerjee - Co-Director / Production Coordinator / 2nd Camera
Alex Campbell - Co-director / Cinematographer / Editor
Damian Vincenzi - Photography