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Whisper Almost Without Sound

2016

Video and Sound Installation with Performance and Wearable Electronics

Whisper Almost Without Sound sits at the intersection of a Byzantine icon painting and The Handmaid’s Tale. Drawing from my experiences of becoming a mother in a foreign context, the work evokes a complex ambiance of strange beauty. Excerpts from Atwood’s dystopian feminist novel, read as whispers, blend with the sounds of a child nursing, playing from miniature speakers placed on the floor that require the audience to get close to the sound source. A single channel video complements the soundtrack, creating an animated allusion to iconic representations of the maternal. In conjunction with the installation, I present a one-hour performance that involves vocal improvisation and sound reactive LED lights. The uncanny atmosphere correlates with the ineffable, multifaceted nature of motherhood, emphasizing its public and private intimacies that are influenced by cultural attitudes and social norms. Photographs by Margaret Bellafiore, Melanie Hedlund, and David Stalling.

     
     
     
   
     
     
     
   
     
     
     
   
     
 
 
     
   
     
 

 

 
     
   
     
 
 
     
 

 
     
     
     
 

 
     
     
     
   
     

 

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