Catastrophia (2018) by Amy Pettifer published on 2018-10-14T17:59:55Z Catastrophia is an audio work that takes influence from the question what happens when the present itself becomes an interval? posed by writer and theorist Yve Lomax in her 2004 book ‘Sounding The Event.’ It considers, and attempts to sound, the differently temporal landscape that exists between two moments. Between wanting to speak and speaking, specifically at a crux point of amorous encounter. Experience is not guided by a slowing down of regular time, instead it is possible to feel a different rhythm operating, something fractured, both of and other to the body. In ‘Notes on Gesture’ (1992) Giorgio Agamben observes ‘a generalized catastrophe of the sphere of gestures.’ This work considers the conditions that might give rise to a catastrophe in the sphere of the voice - the shattering of what we mean to say as vocal control is overridden by emotion. We blurt. We waver. We stammer - I love you. The ‘time’ of this vocal catastrophe is something like the sticky lag of dreamtime. Something like a nightmare that jolts you awake - in which you see cracks appearing in reality. In which the earth moves. This work was created for Stucco Echoes Mouth, a Trembling of the Frame, an event for Peer Gallery, London, hosted by Chris Timms.