Copyright Marcus Skrede
Copyright Marcus Skrede

Landscape of Hate is an improvised multimedia project with the objective of promoting and favouring the public voice in framing pluralistic dialogues about how we negotiate various forms of hate in our society. Our events typically consist of a combination of panel discussions, debates, art expositions and performances.  Landscape of Hate performances include a combination of original compositions of electronic music, audio samples, social media feeds, soundscapes and video projections. The lyrical materials are derived from data collected from the  Internet, research interviews and other public sources. Each performance is unique. Landscape of Hate played its debut show on May 9, 2017. A second concert was held on September 15, 2017 in Québec City. The third concert was held on May 26, 2018 in Bergen, Norway. And the most recent was held in Montreal at COOP Katacombes on June 22, 2018 as part of the Concordia University Interdisciplinary Summer Institute.

Landscape of Hate has been created as part of the Grimposium festival and conference series and the SOMEONE (Social Media Education Every Day) initiative. The project is funded by grants to Vivek Venkatesh’s multi-disciplinary research and practitioner team.

Vivek Venkatesh and Owen Chapman  are the creators and curators of Landscape of Hate. Vivek is responsible for the live vocals and improvised noise electronics. Vivek and Owen also source the social media and pre-recorded public voices and nature-based soundscapes. Vivek is an Associate Professor of Art Education at Concordia University, and UNESCO co-Chair for Prevention of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism. Owen is an Associate Professor of Sound Production and Scholarship at Concordia University.

Owen ChapmanJason WallinDJ anabasine and Leticia Trandafir (aka DJ softcoresoft) compose all original electronic music. They also deejay and improvise soundscape materials during Landscape of Hate performances. Jason is an Associate Professor of Media and Youth Culture in Curriculum at University of Alberta. Leticia is a deejay, music maker and scholar of media studies. anabasine is a deejay, producer and composer.

David Hall creates the logos, branding and the visual representations to accompany the music of Landscape of Hate. David improvises his visuals based on the content of the public materials being used in each Landscape of Hate performance. He is an accomplished filmmaker with over two decades of experience. He is also the director of the critically acclaimed concert documentary Blekkmetal.

May 9, 2017 @ Landscape of Hate in Montreal

September 15, 2017 @ Paysage de la haine in Quebec City

May 26, 2018 @ Landscape of Hate in Bergen

June 22, 2018 @ Landscape of Hate in Montreal (CUISI)

Landscape of Hate press coverage

Concordia University “I want to turn hate on its head” by Jesse Coady, April 24, 2017

Université Concordia “Le professeur de Concordia Vivek Venkatesh veut tenir tête à la haine” par Jesse Coady, avril 24, 2017

SSHRC brings research in music to Acfas congress 2017 Press release, March 30, 2017

Vårt Land “Støykunst mellom hat og håp” (Strong art between hatred and hope) by Camilla Helen Heiervang, May 28, 2018

Vårt Land “Hatets mangfold” (Diversity of hate) by Sara J. Høgestøl , May 29, 2018

The Landscape of Hate Logo

The concept of the logo is rooted in a hashtag – the idea that thoughts and words must be ‘coded’ properly and the tie-in with social media and its impact and role as a delivery system for hate speech.

There is also the idea present of a sideways ‘H’ (for hate) and a vertical bridge going across this H/hate…a landscape that transcends and also runs in tandem/intersects hate.

Lastly, there are thorns and barbed edges that represent that hate and ‘sting’ of prejudice and thoughts – this is a visual representation of hateful speech and rhetoric…and that with freedom of speech comes the ethical dilemma of defending free speech that one finds vile.