Landscape of Hate / Paysage de la haine

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. Landscape of Hate performances typically 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 (see video below). A second concert was held on September 15, 2017 in Québec City.

Vivek Venkatesh is the creator and curator of Landscape of Hate. Vivek is responsible for the live vocals and improvised noise electronics. Vivek also sources the social media and pre-recorded public voices and nature-based soundscapes. He is an Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor Education at Concordia University.

Owen Chapman , DJ anabasine and Leticia Trandafir (aka DJ softcoresoft) compose all original electronic music. They also deejay and improvise soundscape materials during Landscape of Hate performances. Owen is an Associate Professor of Sound Production and Scholarship. 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.

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 entirely through grants awarded by Public Safety Canada to Vivek Venkatesh’s multi-disciplinary research and practitioner team.

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.