SRS is a socially charged, interdisciplinary art project that integrates songs with landscapes. It is intended to facilitate the creation of songs that voice local concerns about land, sovereignty, and cultural identity. For the project locations, we are re-tracing one of the major arteries of the ancient Eurasian trade routes between Istanbul (Constantinople, western terminus from the 4th century on), West and Central Asia, and Xi’an (Chang’an, eastern terminus and China’s imperial capital). These places are part of the misleadingly and reductively named “Silk Road”; we deliberately use this term for our project title in order to challenge its cliché associations with Orientalist exoticism and fantasy tourism. Arzu is from the western end of the artery; Millie’s family is from the eastern end.
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