Footnotes to a Long Distance Telephone Call
16 April – 22 May 2016
Danielle Arnaud Gallery, London
With The Disembodied Voice
For their forthcoming exhibition Kihlberg & Henry have invited the Disembodied Voice research group to show new works and host a series of events. The group includes Maia Conran, Patrick Coyle, Karen Di Franco, Kihlberg & Henry, and was formed in 2014 as a format to explore manifestations of the disembodied voice within their own work and in wider culture. The disembodied voice, and its often inevitable re-embodiment in objects other than the original speaking body, are variously reflected in the exhibition and its associated events, from the recorded voice in moving image to its traces in written correspondences and archives.
Kihlberg & Henry’s video work A Mountain Close Up is Only Rock forms a digitalogical dissection of deceased architect Jørn Utzon. Narrated by a series of unfixed voices in combination with an associative flow through Utzon’s digital footprint, the video envisions an obscure afterlife in the traces of the architect’s mythical house on Mallorca, its geographic location kept private by the architect and its evidence on the internet scant.
Patrick Coyle will be posting a series of items to Danielle Arnaud which will be on display for the duration of the exhibition. Envelope Opening for Closing Event will deliver the promise of its title on the final day of the exhibition, when Coyle will deliver a performance in which he opens these items and uses them as a script.
Karen Di Franco will present I Decide Not to Operate Without Direct Communication. A postcard from Lee Lozano located in the archive of writer and critic Barbara Reise is taken as a starting point to discuss the temporalities of the archive. The philosopher Karen Barad has described the archive as trace rather than repository – as an assemblage of interactive phenomena. By articulating documents, the presentation will explore such interactivities.
In Maia Conran’s video work Meat, a film studio lighting rig is repurposed as the protagonist of a scripted psycho- narration. Internal monologues, social desires and multiple selves are revealed through the interface of this character’s voices. The glistening, dark presence of the rig is punctured by Youtube-culled footage of the rig’s counter-character, Meat.
The Disembodied Voice research group is funded by Arts Council England and Vision Forum. Kihlberg & Henry’s work A Mountain Close Up is Only Rock is co-commissioned by CANVAS and FACT, supported by Artplayer.tv and Channels Festival.
Sunday 24 April 4pm – I Decide Not to Operate Without Direct Communication, presentation by Karen Di Franco.
Friday 29 April 6:30pm – John Smith film screening and conversation with Kihlberg & Henry. John Smith will be screening a series of films and will be in conversation with Kihlberg & Henry about the use of voiceover in his work.
Sunday 22 May 4:30pm – Envelope Opening for Closing Event, performance by Patrick Coyle.