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a lecture on schizophonia (2007-2011)

A project existing both as a lecture performance and as a video, exploring the phenomenon of schizophonia [= that which makes dogs bark at speakers, children look for the man behind the box and savages demand their captured souls returned].

The invention of the telephone and the phonograph at end of the nineteenth century marks a rupture in our experience of the human voice - a rupture which simultaneously fulfills a promise given by prophets and shamen since ancient times. Suddenly a voice can issue from out of nowhere, from the wrong mouth or from beyond the grave. Listening to our own voice, we experience ourselves as others.

Photo: Thomas Wucherpfennig for "Awake are only the Spirits" - On Ghosts and their Media, Hartware MedienKunstVerein at the PHOENIX Halle Dortmund, 2009