Brandon LaBelle - automatic radio
  Year :   2001
  Location :   USA
  Worktype :   Audio Release
  Materials:   -
  Info :   Fringes Recordings

  Work Details  
  includes three works: Speaking in Tongues--sticking a cows tongue in my mouth and trying to read aloud Roland Barthes The Pleasure of the Text... Conflating human speech with animal speech--a mimicry that draws the tongue outside idiolectical usage (to speak as a good boy should)--language and the body become part of the same mechanism of conveying a message; though in turn, this conflation emphasizes the schism that ruptures this process--the tension inherent in speaking as a body (sensuality) and speaking as an individual (social behavior). Multitude-Solitude (commissioned by Kunstradio and produced during a 3-day stay in Vienna in August 2000). Walking around Vienna with contact microphones taped to the bottom of my shoes, reciting poems across public phone lines, recording found appliances in ORF studios, and blowing into a bag again and again... Pillow Talking(in collaboration with l. chasse). This work was produced as a parallel performance to a concert by John Hudak at 7hz, San Francisco, September 2000. The parallel performance occurred through recording Hudaks own performance by placing contact microphones on a glass floor from a mezzanine within the performance space. In addition, a second contact microphone was mounted on a metal cooking funnel which I then placed inside my mouth. In essence, the final work is a combination of Hudaks performance and the subsequent translation of it as recorded through the microphones. This translation is in turn mediated through the architectural structure of the performance space, the metal funnel and through the cavity of my mouth.