Lauren Istvandity's The Lifetime Soundtrack: Music as an archive for autobiographical memory, is an exploration of the interface between memory and music, which permeates everyday life. The term ‘lifetime soundtrack’ seeks to describe the metaphorical canon of music that accompanies personal life experience. Songs can often be used as a communication tool when people feel inarticulate, and unable to express feelings, lyrics can shape identity from a young age, and can help to provide an overview of episodes in one's life through metaphor.
In collaboration with Micro Rainbow International, an organisation that supports LGBTQI asylum seekers and refugees, Ain and the group will spend time sharing their sonic stories in listening sessions, alongside workshops that extend to other forms of engagement with sound, including the work of Pauline Oliveros and her philosophy of Deep Listening.
Mirco Rainbow International
Micro Rainbow International supports LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees in the UK. Our work focuses on supporting isolated LGBT+ refugees and asylum seekers who flee countries like Uganda, Zimbabwe, Pakistan and many other countries where LGBTI people face persecution. Our projects tackle isolation through workshops, peer support groups and our choir. We also support refugees into employment and skills training, and support for those starting or wanting to start small businesses. Our brand new safe housing project is the first of its kind in the UK and provides accommodation for LGBT+ refugees and asylum seekers who face homelessness or dispersal. Our social inclusion tackles isolation experienced by LGBTI asylum seekers who flee their country and, coming to a new country, usually experience feelings of withdrawal.