Readings in Contact

A performance of poetry, translation, and utopianism, multimodal performance, University of New South Wales, Australia, 2011

Readings in Contact is an experiment in vocal dislocation and the relationships between dialogue, dissonance and cacophony. It was developed in collaboration with Adam Lippmann. Two performers, facing each other, read their writings for 20 minutes, while each amplified voice is projected from a speaker located behind the other artist, thus making the reading increasingly difficult. A series of images loosely referring to each reading are mixed on video, while a sonata for solo violin plays on two different channels, slightly shifted in tempo. With the music fading, the two attempt to read, in unison, George Dalgarno’s transcription of the Genesis in his universal language.

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George Dalgarno, Ars Signorum, 1661

 

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