Sonic Jeel (Jeel means ‘generation’ in Arabic) began as a playful sound + visual research investigation in 2018 by Simone Muscolino(Associate Professor & Director of Art Foundations) and Michael Hersrud(Associate Professor Graphic Design), both faculty at VCUarts Qatar. The investigation included the creation of a series of elective courses focusing on sound expirementation and later became a funded research initiative. In 2020 the initiative expanded into a network of partnerships within the university and the larger Qatar creative community, including the development of a mobile sound studio to support several site specific projects. In 2021, as a response to our current virtual way of life, SJ will launch a double compilation album on vinyl, a physical artifact. The album is a selection of exploratory sonic work featuring 17 artists associated with Doha, and has been designed in collaboration with Water/With/Water.
Sonic Jeel aims to be a catalyst for collaborations with artists, designers and other crossdisciplinary sonic possibilities. We look forward to expand partnerships and seek opportunities that use sound to activate space through installations, performances, events and exhibitions, both here in Doha and internationally.
Sonic Jeel has received generous support and funding from VCUarts Qatar and Qatar Foundation. SJ is mostly financed through grants, awards, commissions, exchanges and personal equity to support needs for equipment, supplies, installation and creative production. Any additional revenue made by SJ is invested back into the SJ initiative to fund further research.