Replacing the «New Normal» Workshop II



Fight. Silent. Treatment. - Enter the Voice

23.11. – 27.11.2020

The human voice consists of sound made by a human being using the vocal tract, such as talking, singing, laughing, crying, screaming, shouting, yelling. The human voice frequency is specifically a part of human sound production in which the vocal folds are the primary sound source. Generally speaking, the mechanism for generating the human voice can be subdivided into three parts; the lungs, the vocal folds within the larynx, and the articulators.

Verbal communication is unique to humans. Human beings are emotional creatures. The human voice is thought to convey emotional valence, arousal and intensity. The voice is a powerful medium capable of eliciting a broad range of emotions. The ability to detect emotion in speech and vocal sounds is an important task in all kinds of interpersonal communication. The voice as a performative phenomenon and artistic tool despite of its complexity and directness is often underrated. Primitive vocalizations in ancient times were probably composed of sighs, cries, grunts, and howls, but even these vocal utterances may have included some variations ascribed to the artistry of the performer. The human voice is therefore one of the most important musical instruments to dis-cuss, both from a historical and cultural but also from an artistic and feminist standpoint.

In the workshop «Fight. Silent. Treatment. - Enter the Voice» we will investigate the meaning of the human voice, its history in the ancient, its relation to gender and feminism and its occurrence in the field of art. We will explore the topic of gender of voice and the voice as an artistic tool and try to translate different conceptual approaches from art and design into vocal sounds:

• Learn to use vocal sounds as a method to shift and define individual boundaries

• Investigate up on the voice as an artistic tool

• Reflect upon ideas of the voice as a dualistic performative phenomen in its simplicity and complexity

• Visualize these reflections in form of a performance, reading or vocal research

The workshop is lead by Noemi Anna Tina Ceresola & Belia Winnewisser in collaboration with Studio Fashion Design.

Overview workshop weeks