The work consisted of Dante and collaborator, Guthrie, positioned at the top and bottom of the stairwell at Woburn, each with an amplifier and microphone. The two artists attempted to have first a musical then simply a normal conversation across the space, the massive amount of reverb confounding any attempts of coherence!
This piece was made as a performance/installation for The Voice and Nothing More, Slade Research Centre, January 2010.
Dante is currently studying Undergraduate Fine Art at the Slade, look out for more from him soon.
Martin Luther King 28.08.1963 (Extract)
Adolf Hitler 1934 (Extract)
Hirohito (Emperor Showa) 15.08.1945 (Extract)
Mahatma Gandhi 17.10.1931 (Extract)
Diana Frances Spencer 09.08.1993
Mixed Media / Sound Installation
Bridge, String, Melon
watermelon, string, bridge, valley
Site-specific installation: Watermelon suspended on a string from a road bridge near Rethymnon, Crete.
The traffic on the road over the bridge, and the wind blowing through the valley made the string vibrate and sing.
This work was made whilst on the Slade Utopia Residency in Crete.
E75 road bridge and valley, Rethymnon, Crete, Greece, July 2009
‘It Was Gravity Which Pulled Us Down’ was a performance made especially for Christ Church Spitalfields in 2009. The work juxtaposes live and videoed action. The live performance consisted of gestures of lifting deflated balloons. This was contradicted by the videoed gesture seen with it, of dropping a handful of ash. The naively hopeful act of lifting the balloons – as if they might float again – is in direct disagreement with the melancholy release of the ash.
Holly is a currently completing her MFA in Media, look out for her degree show this summer.
British sound artist and musician Sam Belinfante came to Taos with one mission: to seek out and possibly record the Taos Hum. With a month behind him, Belinfante has fallen in love with Taos’ “sonic landscape” and is now heading back to England with about 20 hours of footage and audio from the area to make a film.
Shot and edited by Tina Larkin for The Taos News Media Center April 2009.
Belinfante’s trip was funded by the Slade School of Fine Art
To see the newspaper article, please go to Taos News.
‘Her Voice’ is an aural response to the print entitled: Sheet of Nineteen Heads in Small Circles (c. 1530-40) and was inspired by Julia Kristeva’s writings on the semiotic and the female voice. The sound-piece is a vocal progression that starts with word and symbolic language, moves into non-verbal sounds and the semiotic, and finally culminates in song.
While making this piece, I was concerned with the articulation of the female I-voice over the he/him of the male subject and the frustration at the constant return to the latter. Is the female ‘I’ only possible to formulate as the ‘I’ of difference, the ‘I’ of the other? I took refuge in song, but again encountered the problematic ambiguity of the singing voice: fetishised object for pleasure or the consuming self-enjoyment of feminine jouissance? Despite its theoretical struggles, I hope that ‘Her Voice’ retains an emotive impact and a refreshing intimacy.
This piece was made through collaboration with UCL Art Collections.
Patricia is a final year undergraduate at the Slade, look out for her degree show in May 2010.
Sound installation consisting of muzak soundtrack from 1980s porn flick, ‘Magnificent Tits’ (groans removed) playing in the lift shaft of the Slade Research Center.
Dante is in the undergraduate Media department at the Slade.
Dolls and Orgasmo 3 were shown as an installation for the Slade / BBC event ‘The View from Here’ at BBC Bush House 20/02/2009.
For more information on this event please see The View from Here at UCL.
The Voice and Nothing More, January 2009, was a week-long festival exploring the voice as both medium and subject matter in contemporary arts practices. Both established and emerging artists worked with leading vocal performers and composers in an exploration of the voice outside language.
Invited performers included Mikhail Karikis, Lore Lixembourg and Juice, as well as a specially formed large-scale vocal ensemble.
Performers, working with the artists and resident composer Claudia Molitor created new score-objects that culminated in a series of new performances. Artists included Martin Creed, Cornelia Parker, Estelle Thompson and Bruce Mclean.
Video: Kathryn Faulkner and Robin Sewell
Editing: Sam Belinfante
Curated by Sam Belinfante and Neil Luck.
For more information, images and press please go to the Voice and Nothing More website.