SHRILL

Swedish, for English please scroll down.

SHRILL tar sin utgångspunkt i texten ”The Gender of Sound” av Anne Carson. Där beskriver Carson hur ljusare röster ofta uppfattas som gälla, desperata eller genomträngande. Hon berättar att de avskrivs på grund av att de formas av just ljusa frekvenser.

I SHRILL har Giertz nästan uteslutande arbetat med ljudsyntes och talsyntes. De flesta ljud vi hör kommer alltså inte från människor, men de delar stundtals frekvensspektrum och formant- struktur med mänskliga röster.

Verket har arbetats fram på Notam i Oslo och EMS i Stockholm.

SHRILL är del av en serie nya verk som ljudkonstnären Julia Giertz skapar tillsammans med den danska koreografen Marie Topp. SHRILL kommer att vidareutvecklas till stycket Oceanic som har premiär i 2020.

Från den 15 september visas SHRILL på Italienska Palatset i Växjö som en del av utställningen MISS-LJUD

 

Excerpt for headphones:

English

SHRILL is a study of the female gendered voice. SHRILL is a study of our ability to listen. This will become a 45 min sound piece, first part being developed for the 24-channel dome at Notam, Oslo, in 2018.

A shorter version of SHRILL was exhibited

This work seeks to touch parts of our common body where inherited prejudices are still being cultivated in our society.

The voice. In The Gender of Sound, Anne Carson discusses the cultural codes of the gendered voice. Carson argues that there is an embedded prejudice against the female gendered voice – a voice that is easily regarded too piercing or too shrill. What consequences follow this general skepticism against the female gendered voice, that is inscribed into our culture? According to voice researcher Susanna Withling at Lund University (SE), the voice clinics report approx. twice as many patients identifying as cis-women, compared to cis-men. Hence, this voice is failing more often to perform it’s daily tasks. The sound piece SHRILLintends to create a space for this voice.

The unwanted voice. The broken voice. The fighting voice.

Listening as a political strategy. This work is also strongly linked to listening. The output of a voice has to increase when it’s not getting it’s fair amount of attention. SHRILL is considering our ability to listen, our ability to direct our attention to the voices that needs to be heard. This is a gesture of support that we need to engage with in our everyday life. We need to actively practice listening as a strategy meet structural collapses such as social and ecological.

SHRILL is a direct continuation of the piece “Sound as Touch” (2016), a commission for Audiorama in Stockholm. A piece that wishes to engage our tactile sense trough sound.

Topp & Giertz. In SHRILLGiertz wishes to critically reflect on the relationships between voice, sound, motion, politics and perception. An ongoing work that is part of the research for Oceanic, a choreographic work that Giertz is developing together with choreographer Marie Topp (DK) during 2018.

 

Partners are

Notam in Oslo (NO)  // Inter Arts Center in Malmö (SE)  // EMS in Stockholm (SE) // Danish Arts Council (DK) // Italienska Palatset i Växjö

 

 

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