Egyptian burial ritual of the opening of the mouth, which allowed the deceased to continue communication with the living, as starting point for conversations about lost voices
"See with the day's eyes, open the thing's mouth. Drill furrows, wells, trap doors, into the paper so that meaning emerges from there, so that the voice of things passes through the holes made in this white garment"
- Michel Serres Statues, (2016: 91)
This seminar uses the Egyptian burial ritual of the opening of the mouth, which allowed the the deceased to continue communication with the living, as starting point for wider conversations regarding how absent or lost voices are channelled and reimagined into the present. Three short researcher presentations throughout the seminar will also deploy the voice(s) through different modes of transmission and agency.
This is an Art Research Seminar, run as part of the Art Research Programme at Goldsmiths College and supported by the Mountain of Art Research (http://m-a-r-s.online).
Sophie Sleigh-Johnson is a writer and artist based in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. She is working on a PhD at Goldsmiths College called 'Radio Bifrons: Marsh Exorcism'. Recent projects include 'Cealdwiellla' with New Noveta, ‘Machine of Instant Utility’ at Cabinet Gallery (group show) and occasional broadcasts of ‘Chthonic Live’ on Resonance 104.4 FM. In 2015 she published 'Chthonic Index' http://www.sophiesleigh-johnson.co.uk/
Hannah Regel is an artist and writer living in London. From 2012-2019 she was the co-editor of the feminist art journal SALT. Her first collection of poetry, When I Was Alive, was published by Montez Press in 2017; a second collection, Oliver Reed, is forthcoming early 2020. She currently is writing a PhD thesis on performative writing at Goldsmiths College.
Katharina Ludwig is an artist and writer working with text, installation and objects. Her research in the framework of the Art Research programme at Goldsmiths is concerned with narrative holes in women’s writing and the temporalities of the "wounded text”. Katharina tries to activate textual holes as a subversive feminist practice of resistance with insurrectional potential treat textual wound as political and writerly strategy in opposition to authoritarian systems. Her work has been shown, performed or read internationally and is published by a.o. 3am Magazine, Zeno Press, Chris Airlines, Ma Bibliothèque. More info on: http://www.katharinaludwig.com @kat_ludwig
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