Episode VIII & IX - Who can speak today
Louise Vind Nielsen, Mikołaj Sobczak
Tape containing the speech-based performances by Louise Vind Nielsen and Mikołaj Sobczak in the series Episode VIII&IX, curated by Julia Katharina Thiemann in 2019.
Louise Vind Nielsen:
Echo and the robot (6:16 Min.)
Piano in Museum Ovartaci at night (4:07 Min.)
Tongue reads Philomela (12:31 Min.)
Crackle, sizzle, fizz, hiss, sputter (3:40 Min.)
Medea, after the killing (8:38 Min.)
All still (4:48 Min.)
Hyacinth (14:20 Min.)
The language-based performances of the Danish artist Louise Vind Nielson (born in 1984) and the Polish artist Mikołaj Sobczak (born in 1989) explore questions of voice and speech in terms of gender identity and relations. Their narrations reflect socially marginalised positions and feature voices steadily being raised. The underlying question is who can speak where and how, and be heard. Their intricate references and poetic images here allude to socio-political developments and draw on the history of art and mythology. Nielson and Sobczak use their body, voices, clothes and props to create striking narratives about unconventional gender identities and examine stereotypical role models, past and present. Their respective artistic practices elude normative classifications in a humorous manner informed by socio-political discourses in the spirit of the LGBTQIA+ movement.
Curated and edited by Julia Katharina Thiemann
Graphic design: Becker Rapp Studio
Production: TAPE Muzik
Mastering: Nils Lesser