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autotelica

WordsSoundsSpaces on July 08, 2013 17:02

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autotelica is a site specific audio installation, created for an exhibition examining the future of writing in Fringe Arts Bath, UK, 2013. It was installed in two locations within an exhibition building, a lighter version entitled autotelica overture sited on an airy stairwell linking two floors, and the darker version, available here, which was situated in a narrow corridor leading to a blacked-out exhibition space containing an exhibit using a pool of water to reflect light.

This work is a development of an earlier, shorter, Autotelica created for and published on cd with the journal Patricide (No 4); The Sound of Surrealism, ed Neil Coombs in 2011. The original work is one of Leona’s contributions to Audio Corpse, a co-creative audio game in which 25 contributors responded sonically to the notion of The Sound of Surrealism, and is a remix using many contributions from other sound artists who took part.

'With regard to language, nothing has captivated, and still captivates, surrealist poets so much as [the] property words have to link together into singular chains and thus to shine forth at the very moment when one is least trying to find them. What they have tried to do, more than anything else, is to bring these chains out of the dark places where they form into full daylight. And what has captured their attention about these verbal combinations, what has convinced them that they should not be altered in any way, even when they seemed either to have no meaning – no immediate meaning, that is – or to do violence to meaning, thus causing the average reader great alarm, is that their structure had the compelling character of a musical progression... In this respect, it is the direct opposite of the expression of controlled thought that has kept no organic link with music and uses it only occasionally as a luxury.' (André Breton)

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