Thursday, 13 June 2013, 20:30
Words travel and change while traveling. Relocating words causes a re-locutio that is a new utterance. So yes: let’s move stuff around! Cheese, people, cows, soldiers, holes, shoes, milk, snow, mountains, brothers and sisters, ghosts, mothers, fathers… These little alpine dictionaries – here presented in the form of a video – are the distilled result of a research trip across several linguistic enclaves in 2012.
(2008): part of Disco Sec, a series of works using the principle of citation on a collection of recordings which is representative of the artist’s listening over the years. Vinyl records physically reduced to the outer rim, packaged in silk-screened recycled record covers. Record Release (2012-): The raw material to make records comes in pellets of petroleum product. The pellets were loaded on a scale until it reached 180 grams (the weight of audiophile vinyl). One by one the pellets will be sold, gifted, or placed in a public space. Each transaction will be documented and paired with a photograph of the pellets arranged in the form of a 12″ record. The record will have been released when the last pellet is sold, gifted, or placed.
Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri & Pe Lang
Untitled II (2010)
Sound sculpture powered by three motors, comprised of different sized plexi-glass cylinders closed at one end by a membrane with a nylon thread from each to a winch coated with resin. The rotations of the winch create changes in the tension of the thread, resulting in an orchestration of delicate sounds.
Works using the voice as a material and exploring possible alternatives, substitutes and disruptions to the role of the conductor. Skype Choir: Interacting in real time via ‘Skype’, without talking to each other the group communicate through singing and voicing. In these sessions ‘chat’ messages were used to organise the group, and recordings were taken in each room to create a composition with multiple perspectives. Mechanical conducting hand: A dockside performance where a group of singers respond to the signals of a mechanical conducting hand controlled by the movement of waves in a busy harbour. Hand to voice: In two sound studio rooms separated by glass, one singer conducts whilst the other singer makes an interpretation; without them being able to hear each other.
J’aime ma caméra parce que j’aime vivre (2006) video, 1min 56sec.
The camera is an extension of my body, moved by my heartbeat, looking through my closed eyes. Laying on the ground and putting the camera on my chest, the sky starts to move in the rhythm of my heartbeat and breath; MY DEAR (2007) video, 3min 26sec. This short video is made in a time of separation from my partner, in which we were writing us emails every day. I’m reading one of his emails and my answer as two layers, touching each other, like an acoustical palimpsest.
Poetry Machine (2012)
The work mixes two poems by William Blake: Little Girl Lost and Little Boy Lost. Particular verses are randomly selected and read out loud by the machine. The artificial voices are synthesized by computer software. The human body influences and interacts with the machine – based on the distance of the listener to the object, the voices are changing, changing in volume, mixing the sentences, getting destroyed.
Elana Mann & Juliana Snapper
The People’s Microphony, SongBook (2012)
When the Occupy Wall Street protests began, Mann & Snapper became fascinated by the phenomena of The People’s Mic. They were interested in the idea of a “listening vocality,” that is, listening to another’s voice by embodying that voice with one’s own. They launched a series exploring the People’s Mic as an instrument of voice, vocal transfer and collectivity. This included a call for scores from musicians, artists, poets and activists. What are the implications of repeating someone else’s words? How does the act of repetition through many bodies change the meaning of a statement by an individual voice? What are the expressive possibilities of this collective vocality?
Listening Station: a playlist of audio tracks with the generous contributions of various artists some of whom also participate in the symposium. Contributors include Allen S. Weiss, Georgia Spiropoulos, Gregory Whitehead, Christof Migone, Jeremy Woodruff, Nina S. Eidsheim, Chris Tonelli, Bill Bahng Boyer, Andra McCartney, Salomé Voegelin, Anja Kanngieser, and Zeynep Bulut.
Soundscape Projects: projects include Peter Cusack’s Berlin Sonic Places, Lisa Bielawa’s Tempelhof Broadcast, Ece Pazarbasi’s Walk Over the City-Istanbul Audio Tours, and Boris Baltschun and Serge Baghdassarians’s Bodybuilding, which is based on their field recordings in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
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