The Voice Seminar
Mål og innhald
What does it mean to speak, and how does voice work to define us as subjects? If voice is the thing that mediates
between inner life and the world around, how does it sound within our contemporary global condition? Is the voice
under new forms of pressure today? The seminar sets out to unfold the voice as a performative act deeply connected
to issues of identity, social and political representation, testimonial work, language and embodiment. Through four
sessions over the course of the semester, voice will be explored as an extremely complicated project ¿ as a thing held
between language and the body. This will lead to a deeper engagement with four vocal modalities: the whisper, the
stutter, the testimony, and the laugh. Through these forms of vocalization, voice will be probed as a dynamic material
and act by which to nurture as well as challenge relations. Further, we¿ll consider how voice operates within artistic,
performative and sonic practices, and how it may contribute to forms of narrative and counter-narrative.
Knowledge of voice as a poetic and political issue.
Krav til forkunnskapar
Undervisningsformer og omfang av organisert undervisning
Lecture, reading, discussion