Christof Migone - The Technology of Entrapment: Open Your Mouth
  Year :   1992
  Location :   Canada
  Worktype :   Installation
  Materials:   -
  Info :   Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, Alberta. for Radio Rethink, 1992. curated by Daina Augaitis and Dan Lander.text and documentation published in Radio Rethink: Art, Sound and Transmission, eds. Daina Augaitis and Dan Lander. Banff: Walter Phillips Gallery,

  Work Details  
  For all of radios broad and far reaching casts, the radio booth rather resembles an implosion. A foreboding cubicle at its point of production in antithesis to its expansive space of diffusion. Wired, convoluted and cramped, the radio booth resembles an inaminate brain rather than a great communicator. Radio is not only constrained by commercial interests and governmental regulations but by itself. The obfuscation of its apparatus is endemic. Radio naked, stripped of its hardware becomes radiophony, becomes metaphor. Radiophonic sites are numerous and refer not to radios technology but to its character. The confessional is one such radio phony, a radio without transmitter. As with radio the confessionals claustral architecture exists in paradox of its far reaching impact. In the installation for Radio Rethink entitled Open Your Mouth and Let The Air Out, the radio booth Šcranium cockpitŠ was transformed into a computerized and personalized confessional. A call-in radio program becoming a call-within program; a site where obsessions, absurdities, non-sequitors, and frustrations find a home. Radio does not knock at your door, it lets itself in. Once in, it hunts you down with game calls, calling to air your confession. Bound tightly in the radio confessional we –a call-in guest and me, the host– amalgamate via mimicry. Roles confuse themselves: I find myself ousted from my radio booth chair by my desire to wander in the rough terrain of conversation, controlling not even mouth and feet. Trapped into a confession, we can unravel ourselves by stumbling noisily into thousands of ears.Naked, radio becomes the in-between separating one from another. In the case of the confessional, the partition traditionally transmit sins and absolutions. The airwaves are the ideal playground for two strangers to have an intimate conversation. You can perform a pas de deux, you can step on each other s toes in the imaginary confines of the radio confessional. The conversation does not have to go anywhere, like a dance, it can twirl and twine. I bored her, You bore me ! she said. I said: I think your voice became mine as soon as you called. Trapped into a radio, we sink our teeth into its electricity and find our speech running away without us.