Nader Koochaki, “Soineko Paisaia / Dorsal Landscape 2009-2015”

View of the closed case (die-cut carton compact, four-colour printed paper, matt laminated, riveted buttons)

View of the opened case and booklet assemblage (satimat naturel paper, 2 ink print, Cristal pvc folder)

View of the opened case, booklet assemblage and LP folders (printed cartography; 12″ Heavy Black. 180gr)

View of all the elements (case, LPs, folders, booklets and poster)

View of flap back cover (embossed edition number)


Nader Koochaki
Beasain, Guipúzcoa, Spain
Soineko Paisaia / Dorsal Landscape 2009-2015
CASE: die-cut carton compact, four-colour printed paper, matt laminated, riveted buttons. BOOKLETS & POSTER satimat naturel paper, 2 ink print, Cristal pvc folder LPs: 12″ Heavy Black. 180gr
BOOKLET 1: 48 pages / BOOKLET 2: 12 pages BOOKLET 3: 32 pages
3,7cm x 67cm x 32cm
3,7cm x 32cm x 32cm

Artist Statement

Informed by a background in Sociology and working in the field of art, Nader Koochaki’s practice has been characterized by the intention to develop a language to overcome the restrictions and obligations of academia. Much of his work consists of
research lines that combine fieldwork and the archival. He has made significant contributions in the area of video, photography, and sound. So far, Nader’s works have been exhibited in private and public institutions. Also worthy of mention are his  works in collaboration with different artists, such as Ibon Aranberri, Usue Arrieta & Vicente Vázquez, Ingrid Buchwald, Carme Nogueira and Kimia Kamvari.

Soineko Pasaia / Dorsal Landscape 2009-2015 is an archive of the bell sounds produced by the flocks of more than one hundred head of sheep in Gipuzkoa (Spain). Even though numerous works have been published on the subject of shepherding, there are few that focus on the audio aspect. By revealing the influence that shepherding has had on the weaving of the sound landscape, this project will provide the disciplines of anthropology and art with new content. When the misty nature of sound collides with the rigid frameworks of language, new materials are created to deal with ecology. When focusing on them we move from the membranes of nature to human forms of speech in an atmosphere that is always misty and incapable of becoming rigid.

Soineko Pasaia / Dorsal Landscape 2009-2015 is a numbered edition which consists in a hard case that contains the following items:

Booklet 1: contains an introduction text written by the author explaining the origins of the project, the methodology of the work and the contents of the publication; a general map of Gipuzkoa (scale 1:35000) showing the recording locations and the areas that each of the vynils cover and factsheets of the recordings. Each recording has its own factsheet with descriptions about the location, weather, situation, duration, thoughts etc.

Booklet 2: contains the index of the hole sound archive presented in the inventory numbers order, the alphabetical order, the municipalities order, the geographical order and a mute flocks list.

Booklet 3: contains two collaboration texts written by the sociologist Iñaki Martínez de Albeniz and the artists Usue Arrieta & Vicente Vázquez. In these texts the authors explore the ergonomics of the bells and the sound recorder and epistemological conclusions of using them. They draw attention to the options opened up regarding ways of getting to know the reality when the body and technology are understood and used as extensions of each other. With great clarity they explain in the texts the two devices that can fit into one’s hand: what produces the sound and what receives it: the
bell and the sound recorder.

Folded Poster: printed on its two sides, contains two cartographic exercises of the author.

3 LP + hard sleeves: containing 88 sound recordings of 88 flocks and calibration tracks. 12″ Heavy Black / 180gr / 33rpm.