Double Mouth Feedback
On September 4th, Jonah Groeneboer will begin work on Double Mouth Feedback, as part of Recess’s signature program, Session. Session invites artists to use Recess’s public space as studio, exhibition venue, and grounds for experimentation.
Groeneboer’s project will create a space that defies binary gender constructions as they exist within sound. This installation will be at once a recording studio, a meeting place for discussions of relevant texts, and a performance space where visitors can make and record sound acts. Throughout the course of the project, the artist will host recording and reading sessions that encourage the abandonment of normative vocal behaviors as a means to re-imagine gender systems through sound. This project will result in a multi-channel vocal composition created with electronic composer Bruno Coviello.
Double Mouth Feedback explores the human voice as an instrument to express, or conversely, to repress, the self. The politics of passing within the trans-community, queer, and feminist dialogues have all addressed modes of gender regulation and the coding of one’s behavior, manner, and vocal pitch in line with normative binary gender constructions. These constrictions are imposed across society; all are affected by gender appropriate behavioral pressures. In this project, the human voice is also treated as an instrument of extension, toward breaking down binary gender systems, and imagining more inclusive possibilities.
Structurally, Groeneboer will incorporate the material aspects of sound, using wave patterns, interference phenomena, and vocal superposition to weave together and imagine new gender models.
A series of events will take place during the course of this Session, among them composer and vocalist Nick Hallett will lead all gender voice lessons, connecting embodied sound with identity construction in order to help participants project their voices and be more clearly heard.
On view: November 11, 2023–January 25, 2024
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