For my eyes are wild, my lips tight pressed, Caterina Gobbi presents a new, sonic installation that examines the idea of nature as a cultural repository of norms and moralism. The piece consists of a set of sounding sculptures, a video, and three ceramic objects, building an environment where material investigations encounter voices, field recordings, electronic music samples, and performative gestures. In her approach, Caterina draws on queer ecology to reimagine cultural binaries that divide the natural from the unnatural, the human from the non-human. Challenging how discourses on nature legitimise and enforce heteronormativity, her layered storytelling combines fragments of media coverage with personal memories and fictive elements, interweaving different tales of variability in species, with a focus on non-human sexual and gender diversity. The sounds in the exhibition function as the installation’s soundtrack, fusing field recordings from Berlin and its surrounding area with electronic music samples and spoken word.
Combing her interests in queer ecology, feminism and electronic music production, Caterina Gobbi's performative works often involve participatory acts of walking and listening, producing drifting and transitory pieces in spaces. Through the use of creative writing, experimental sound, and different props, Caterina tells stories that lose the ordinary sense of time, weaving between present and past, vocalising both human and natural geographies. Her work seeks alternative frameworks to explore our relationship with the natural and fabricated world.
Accompanying the exhibition is a text by Holly Hunter: In the beginning was the foam.
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