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Sonic Somatic – Performances of the Unsound Body
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Christof Migone Sonic Somatic Performances of the Unsound Body
published in May 2012
English edition
16,5 x 22 cm (softcover, dust jacket)
296 pages (52 ill. b/w)
€21.00
ISBN: 978-0-9827439-4-2
EAN: 9780982743942
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A text by Christof Migone on a history of sound art and its relation to performance.
This book delineates a territory of investigation for sound art and its various manifestations through historical, theoretical, polemical and critical analyses of artistic, musical and literary works. In doing so, Migone gives radical definition to an auditory study that includes the complexity of silence and mutism, identity and abjecthood, and language and its stutterances. The recurring site of these stagings is the somatic under all its forms: embodied and disembodied, fragmented and amplified, vocal and mute.
Concrete sites that are investigated include: Antonin Artaud's writings, Alvin Lucier's recording I am sitting in a room, Erik Satie's composition Vexations, Marina Abramovic's performance Rhythm 0, Adrian Piper's Untitled Performance for Max's Kansas City, Melville's short story Bartleby, the Scrivener, Bob Connolly and Robin Anderson's documentary film First Contact, and John Cage's composition 4'33''.

Sonic Somatic is not only an extensive historical survey and an intensive theoretical analysis, but also a do-it-yourself guide to disarticulation and dissonance, aphasia and schizophrenia, glossolalia and deliria. This book is a must for anybody involved in experimental sound, music, performance.”
Allen S. Weiss, Performance Studies and Cinema Studies, New York University
Christof Migone is a multidisciplinary artist, curator and writer. Working since the mid-80s, he weaves together a multitude of media, from radio to telephones to digital objects, to form a stunning and highly dynamic practice. Combining an acute sonic sensibility with performative usages of the body, video, and the voice, his work engages corporeal presence with a subtle invasion, unsettling speech and gesture through investigative and theoretical poetics.
Migone is the co-editor, with Brandon LaBelle, of "Writing Aloud: The Sonics of Language" (Errant Bodies Press), an anthology and CD on orality, audition, and performance. His writings have been published in Aural Cultures (YYZ), S:ON (Artexte), Experimental Sound & Radio (MIT Press), Radio Rethink (Walter Phillips Gallery) and various catalogs and journals. He has curated a number of events in the sound and radio arts: Touch that Dial (1990), Radio Contortions (1991), Rappel (1994), Double Site (1998), stuttermouthface (2002). He has released six solo audio CDs on various labels (Avatar, ND, Alien 8, Locust, Oral) and has appeared on numerous compilations. He performs extensively in festivals and exhibitions around the world. He has collaborated with choreographers Lynda Gaudreau and Tammy Forsythe, turntablist Martin Tétreault, performers Claude Wampler and Kim Dawn, and sound artists Alexandre St-Onge, Michel F. Côté, and Gregory Whitehead. He currently lives in Montréal and teaches at Concordia University.