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Sonic Figures

Sonic Figures


Sonic figures is a physical concert that invites the audience to listen and to be listened to. The concert looks into how the choreographic hides in music and how the sonic resides in our bodies.

Through listening, sound, movement, language, words, rhythms, vibrations, the heard and the unheard, it hosts a multi-layered melody that moves between bodies and space. A melody activated by both listeners and hearers, solos and choirs. The work experiments with listening as a relational practise - between the individual and the collective, the intimate and the distant, and as a navigator of a delicate barrier between care and control.

” For politics to take place, the body must appear. I appear to others, and they appear to me, which means that some space between us allows each to appear. We are not simply visual phenomena for each other – our voices must be registered, and so we must be heard; rather, who we are, bodily, is already a way of being “for” the other, appearing in ways that we cannot see, being a body for another in a way that I cannot be for myself, and so dispossessed, perspectivally, by our very sociality. I must appear to others in ways for which I cannot give an account, and in this way my body establishes a perspective that I cannot inhabit. This is an important point because it is not the case that the body only establishes my own perspective; it is also that which displaces that perspective, and makes that displacement into a necessity. This happens most clearly when we think about bodies that act together. No one body establishes the space of appearance, but this action, this performative exercise happens only “between” bodies, in a space that constitutes the gap between my own body and another’s. In this way, my body does not act alone, when it acts politically. Indeed, the action emerged from the “between.” 


Judith Butler, 

citat från föreläsning i Venice 07.09.2011, ”The State of Things”, Office for Contemporary Art, Norge.

Sonic figures was presented as part of Dans.Hall Festival in Farsta, Stockholm 24-25 of august 2019 as the result from a research Lab together with invited sound artist Jan Carleklev and performer Ina Dokmo.

Photo and video: Pavleheidler and Joakim Olsson

Installation/performance dates 2019
24 August 21.00-24.00
25 August 12.00-15.00

Performers: Sara Lindström and Ina Dokmo
Sound artist: Jan Carleklev 

Supported by SITE

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