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The work is an audio diary kept for one year in 1997. Each day the artist makes a statement, recording this into a portable cassette recorder. He speaks into the recorder at different times of each day, in different locations to notate the year through daily vocalization. The diary is both personal and impersonal, reducing the subject to a single statement and collecting the year into 24 minutes of sound.
Brandon LaBelle (b. 1969, Memphis, Tennessee) is an artist, writer and theorist. His work addresses the relation of the public and the private, sociality and the narratives of everyday life, using sound, performance, text and sited constructions. His work has been presented at the Whitney Museum, New York (2012); Image Music Text, London (2011); Sonic Acts, Amsterdam (2010); A/V Festival, Newcastle (2008, 2010); Museums Quartier/Tonspur, Vienna (2009); 7th Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Allegro (2009); Center for Cultural Decontamination, Belgrade (2009); Casa Vecina, Mexico City (2008); Fear of the Known, Cape Town (2008); Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam (2003, 2007); Ybakatu Gallery, Curitiba (2003, 2006, 2009); Singuhr Gallery, Berlin (2004); and ICC, Tokyo (2000). He is the editor of Errant Bodies Press, and author of 'Background Noise: Perspectives on Sound Art' (Continuum, 2006) and 'Acoustic Territories: Sound Culture and Everyday Life' (Continuum, 2010). He is currently professor at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Norway and lives and works in Berlin.
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