Pulling Apart Voice
Gina Osterloh, 2012
3 channel video and audio installation, table and benches with cardboard, set walls with cardboard
part of solo residency and exhibition at LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions)

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Pulling Apart Voice was created with the participation of seven actors and artists who were each given a set of directions. Each take, either 1 minute 30 seconds or 3 minutes, is divided into four progressions (scripted below). Each take is one word or phrase, pulled apart and articulated according to the four progressions. The result is a three-channel chorus, at times with words pronounced at once, along with varying moments when a singular word is rendered clear, while another monitor makes audible the breath preceding verbal articulation. The words given to each actor are the most pared down forms of call and response. Words include “Hey You” | “How Are you?” | “Good” | and “Yes.” Visitors to the installation can sit on the cardboard lined benches, to face each actor directly, as well as walk freely around the monitors.

DIRECTIONS TO ACTORS AND ARTISTS

TAKE 1 (LEFT MONITOR)
00:00 inner to outer breath

00:45 aural vowel sounds, beginning of “Yes” -OR- “No”

1:30 articulate full word

2:15 repeat

3:00 end

TAKE 2 (MIDDLE MONITOR – FACING BACK WALL)
00:00 inner to outer breath

00:15 aural vowel sounds, beginning of articulation
“Hey You” , “How Are you” – OR – “Hi” (choose one of these phrases)

00:45 articulate, pronunciate full word or phrase

1:00 repeat

1:30 end

TAKE 3 (RIGHT MONITOR)
00:00 inner to outer breath

00:15 aural vowel sounds, beginning of articulation, beginnings of “Fine” - OR – “Good”

00:45 articulate, say full word or phrase

1:00 repeat

1:30 end

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 Pulling Apart Voice, 2012   documentation at LACE 
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 Pulling Apart Voice, 2012   documentation at LACE 
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 Pulling Apart Voice, 2012   documentation at LACE