Object Int’l —

A rock is a perfect metaphor, an allegory in volume. When placed its sculptural limits beget a kind of artistic proposition — and when considered with reduced anthropomorphism and ungeologically — produce a ready-made analog to the causation and bounds of our attempts at the understanding of all things.

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GestureLab 5 __ test


I imagined a listening version of the GestureLab, where different forms of soundings of object-gesture are offered up to take in, listen to, reflect on. A meditative space where one can also listen to their own embodied response to these stimuli.

Gesture Lab 5 LISTENING-IN (test)
Audiovisual Presentation & Reading
The Listening Academy, Culpeper Community Garden, London, 2021.
Image source: artist own.

____ To hear physically means that vibrations or waveforms that are within the range of human hearing (in frequency typically 16hz to 20,000hz) can be transmitted to the auditory cortex by the ear and perceived as sounds.

Listening has very little definition compared to hearing. Though the two words are often used interchangeably their meanings are different.

To hear is the physical means that enables perception. To listen is to give attention to what is perceived both acoustically and psychologically.

The pandemic has put the plans of a participatory event on hold, but I had an opportunity to explore a test version of the idea during a research academy dedicated to listening.

I offered different modes of listening — listening in motion, listening to recordings, listening to live reading, listening to the video.

The material included the sound pieces Kicking the Drawer, Kneading Malleables [laptop performance], the video Overlaid Bodies and the reading Kneading Malleables [squeeze stroke smear].

The sound pieces were sent to participants’ mobile devices so they can be explored through headphones while walking around. The video was projected on a loop in the community room and I delivered a looped reading in the garden. There was no order specified in which to engage with the individual works, it was up to the listener to navigate through the material and space.