A dialogue between a stringed up room and the possibilities of the human scream. This performance, created specifically to respond to the acoustic and spatial properties of the Holywell Music Room, brings together the two titular elements of making sound and lets them dance wildly with one another. The scream – as a shield and as a weapon, before language was there and when language has failed us – becomes the line between freedom and oppression, between surviving and giving in to the external forces.
2018 Holywell Music Room, Audiograft Festival, Oxford
Performed with Austin Sherlaw – Johnson and Aya Kasai.
Supported by the SARU (Sonic Arts Research Unit) at Oxford Brookes University.
Photo credit GlassHertzz Photography.