2020 - 2022: ‘Promise no Promises!’ and ‘Phenomenal Ocean’ for Der Tank at Institut Art Gender Nature, Basel (CH)

- sound design and compositon

In an ongoing collaboration with the (in)depenent curator Sonia Fernández Pan, we at Friends With Ears have been creating the sound worlds for a range of podcasts that fall under the larger umbrellas of “Phenomenal Ocean” and “Promise No Promises!”, run by Institut Art Gender Nature in Basel, Switzerland.

Thought of as a range of micro sound sculptures, these sounds help situate the podcasts in their own universe, hopefully helping the listener immerse themselves in the conversations pieced together with great care by Sonia.


Podcast series produced by the Institute Art Gender Nature FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel. Promise No Promises! is a research project by the Gender’s Center for Excellence. The Genders’ Center for Excellence is conceived as a think tank tasked to assess, develop, and propose new social languages and methods to understand the role of women and gender in the arts, culture, science, and technology, as well as in all knowledge areas that are interconnected with the field of culture today.

The notion of the voice is a crucial one in the historical development of women’s consciousness and their position and agency in society. How to discern when women are speaking in their own voices goes hand in hand with the question of how to know who we are and doing what we really want to do. The spoken and the unspoken are two dimensions of the inquiry into «who benefits from our silence or what are the effects and consequences of our voices?» Mostly unspoken practices of gender-based exclusion and discrimination favor the interests of others.


Phenomenal Ocean is a podcast series produced by the Institute Art Gender Nature, FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel and TBA21–Academy.

Corona Under the Ocean
Episode 6 to 15 present conversations between guests from various disciplines and writer and curator Sonia Fernández Pan. The series Corona Under the Ocean offers a transoceanic perspective emerging from the fields of marine science, postcolonial studies, speculative histories, and political imagination.