Exhibition

Hear My Voice and Answer Me

5 Mar 2015 – 21 Mar 2015

Event times

Exhibition open Thursday - Sunday from 6th - 21st March (closed 14th), between 3pm - 7pm.

Cost of entry

Free for exhibition, £5 for performance event (tickets via Eventbrite or from the venue)

Swiss Church in London

London, United Kingdom

Address

Travel Information

  • Covent Garden

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Hear My Voice and Answer Me is a sound and video installation in the echoing nave of the Swiss Church in Covent Garden which uses yodelling to evoke the force of the voice without language and its powers of transcendence, communication and play.

About

.Hear My Voice and Answer Me is an exhibition produced in collaboration between artists Rachael Finney, Anna FC Smith, and curator Nathalie Boobis and featuring artist Doreen Kutzke in response to the specific culture, architecture and use of the Swiss Church.

By capturing the sound and visuals of Doreen Kutzke’s yodels in the Church, and re-presenting them in the space as recorded sound and filmed image, the artists’ intentions are to highlight the fundamental tie between voice and body; emanating from the mouth and returning back to the ear. Doreen’s yodels will become both a trace and an echo of her existence and experience.

Attention will be drawn to the power of the voice without language to transcend linguistic limitations and the body, and to reach beyond the self in order to assert the existence of the self, like a cow herder in the Swiss Mountains using his yodels and the mountains’ echoes to assert his presence. The aim of the exhibition is to herald the power of yodelling, an ancient mode of vocalisation to communicate existence, to connect with other beings, and to transform physical and mental space. The installation as a whole will not only represent these ideas but will bring them to life through the haunting power of yodelling and the physical and spiritual resonance of the Church.

There will be a closing event on the 20th March at 7.30pm featuring live performances from Phil Minton and Rachael Finney. Phil Minton is the master of vocal improvisation and the sole purveyor of Welsh yodelling. He will be performing his Welsh yodelling, working with the long echo and expansive acoustics of the Church, and a yodelling version of John Cage’s mesostics poems. Rachael Finney will be expanding on her work in the exhibition by performing live with her original recordings of Doreen Kutzke’s yodelling.

The exhibition is funded by the Swiss Church in London as the winning proposal in their annual Goldsmiths Exhibition Competition.

 

Curators

Nathalie Boobis

Exhibiting artists

Anna FC Smith

Rachael Finney

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