This work is a map of the body in a container of sound, which starts with the brain and ends at the toes. It is a journey through the inside of the body, a sound-score of the inner workings of the body.
This project asks the question: what is a body and what does it mean to be contained in one? The bodies that carry us through our lives from childhood to (hopefully) old age are containers for something greater: our being, our soul, our essence. And yet, we are formed by our outer containers, our bodies, and consequently, these bodies inform our personalities. We are judged by these bodies based both on our own aesthetics and the history that our aesthetics carry unintentionally with it. Our bodies remind others of things beyond ourselves. They are extraordinary machines, and yet, if we are healthy, inside, the mechanisms of our bodies, compared with other people’s bodies, are generally very homogenious. The majority of us are all supported by skeletons, have blood pumping through arteries and veins, we digest in similar fashions, we have mechanisms for hearing called ossicles, mechanisms for speaking via vocal folds and resonators, and joints that fit together mostly in the same way as everyone else’s joints. These mechanisms make our bodies similar machines.
The form of the work is a collage of breath, rushing blood, digestion, heartbeats, organs, and joints. It lives in a small dark room. The sound is surround sound, multi-channel, and immersive. We go inside to experience it. We are alone. It is like we are inside ourselves, or inside the body of someone else. It doesn’t matter. We are all the same.
This project was developed based on an investigation of racism via conscious and unconscious biases of skin color and the concept of empathy and power. With increased power, it is exponentially harder to imagine yourself in someone else’s shoes. External circumstances build hierarchies that are social and economic and people forget that there really is no difference about the way we are made. We are inundated with the way we think people should behave, based on media scrutiny, and the desire for high ratings. We forget to look at people as individuals, and instead rely on stereotypes and societal messaging. We have been socially primed to look for difference and not similarities. This piece is an investigation into the similarities.
Some of the sounds are collected from the body, some are representations of the body based on real sounds and some are representations that take artistic license. These differences may or may not be obvious. Much like the media portrays people, it is up to the viewer to decide what they believe to be based in fact, or, decide not to care and let the experience wash over them.