In Speak Memory, Vladimir Nabokov reminisces about ‘mute lips serenely moving in forgotten speech’, or associates the shrill crying of a little child with the colour white. This programme of recent film and video works explores the potential of sound as suggestion, reverberation and memory.
In response to the tradition of visual sound in experimental film this screening presents a selection of recent works, which employ the means of imagery, rhythm, shape, colour, and movement to create visual compositions that resonate as sound and music in our eyes and minds. Through sound suggestive experiments the works provoke unusual cognitive pairings and synaesthetic sentiments that propel sensory cross fertilization. The evocative visuals trigger sonic compensations that resonate as phantom sounds, mnemonic echos and synaesthesic phenomena.
The programme includes films by Ian Helliwell, Charlotte Prodger, Florian and Michael Quistrebert, Steve Roden, Richard Sides and Jennifer West.
Mute Sound programme:
Steve Roden, a lexicon of walter benjamin’s silences, 2012
Charlotte Prodger, A Forest for the Neighbours, 2010
Florian and Michael Quistrebert, Amnesic cisenma (squares), 2011
Florian and Michael Quistrebert, Amnesic cisenma (losanges), 2011
Florian and Michael Quistrebert, Dots, 2012
Steve Roden, four words for four hands (apples.mountains.over.frozen.), 2006
Steve Roden, striations, 2011
Jennifer West, Smoke, Darts and Mirrors Film, 2010
Jennifer West, Dawn Surf Jellybowl Film, 2011
Ian Helliwell, Felt This Way, 2012
Ian Helliwell, Colour Supply, 2009
Richard Sides, He tried to be a nice guy, but it just didn't work out, 2012
With support from Fluxus.