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The burly word catches the erm


8 channel synchronised video and sound installation mounted onto steel frames, with LED uplighters and selfie lights

41mins 32secs loop

installlation view at solo exhibition at Lydgalleriet, Bergen

A multi-media multi-channel multi-tonal exhibition on making your early morning salutations, doing your breathing exercises, drinking your protein smoothie, singing to yourself in the shower, that nice feeling of the mouth in the shape of an O, that noise that you make when you want to show someone you are attentively listening to what they are saying, the bumbling mumbles, the meandering hums, and other verbal rehearsals. All of these vocalised elements of disposable language come together in four acts of a kind of operatic babble, where the artist’s voice is multiplied across eight channels in rhythmic harmony, accompanied by kinetic text videos.

The script for the work is composed of found language from various sources including YouTube transcripts of influencer morning routines, acts of private self-talk and inner speech, social media motivational and affirmational phrases, popular song lyrics, and proverbs.

Supported by Kulturdirektoratet, Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond, Bergen Kommune and Bergen senter for elektronisk kunst. With technical assistance from Oda Tungodden, Kristen Keegan, and Kjetil Smedal / Aldea Centre for Art and Technology.

Part of the project Vibrational Semantics, which was initiated as part of the EU Creative Europe program Oscillations: Exercises in Resilience.

Photos: Thor Brødreskift
Videocamera work: Arthur Hureau / Ant Art