I love you soliloquy
Transducer speaker installation, audio on loop (7mins), made for the group show speaker/speaker (with Kim Hankyul, Audrey Hurd and Gentian Meikleham) at Galleri KiT, Trondheim, Norway (2018)

Please email me for a private SoundCloud link to this audio if you would like to listen.

The audio is me mimicking the tones (with my mouth closed) of one side of an intimate phone conversation that I was permitted to record. I could not understand the language therefore I could only make meaning from the sensuality of their voice. With transducer speakers attached to the walls of the gallery, the room vibrated with the same tone as my voice. This audio work was paired with Audrey Hurd's sculptures Chambers (silent), found objects that have an opening, are resonant, but stuffed with acoustic foam to become silent.

Exhibition text:

"The telephone marks the place of an absence. Affiliated with discontinuity, alarm, and silence, it raises fundamental questions about the constitution of self and other, the stability of location, systems of transfer, and the destination of speech. Profoundly changing our concept of long-distance, it is constantly transmitting effects of real and evocative power, to the extent that it always relates us to the absent other, the telephone, and the massive switchboard attending it, plugs into a hermeneutics of mourning."
– Avital Ronell

Considering the performativity of the unheard voice through the exploration of sound and machine, the artists will explore the concept of the telephone as a communication device as their point of departure as being a device which simultaneously distances and bridges distances, leaves room for misunderstanding and turns voice into electric speech. Through their shared interests in language, text and sound the artists will explore the theme individually and collaboratively.
The workshop 'knowing when to speak' will also form part of the exhibition.

The other works I contributed to this show with are Dog and Bone and Shoot the Breeze.

Images: (1+3) installation views of transducer speakers; (2+4) Audrey Hurd's Chambers (silent) (found objects, acoustic foam)

detail: transducer speakers on wall photo: Audrey Hurd

Audrey Hurd's 'Chambers (silent)' Photo: Audrey Hurd

 

Audrey Hurd's 'Chambers (silent)' Photo: Audrey Hurd