We begin to hear before we are born, four and a half months after conception. From then on, we develop in a continu- ous and luxurious bath of sounds: the song of our mother's voice, the swash of her breathing, the trumpeting of her intestines, the timpani of her heart. Throughout the second four-and-a-half months, Sound rules as solitary Queen of our senses: the close and liquid world of uterine darkness makes Sight and Smell impossible, Taste monochromatic, and Touch a dim and general- ized hint of what is to come.
Birth brings with it the sudden and simultaneous ignition of the other four senses, and an intense competition for the throne that Sound had claimed as hers. The most notable pretender is the darting and insistent Sight, who dubs himself King as if the throne had been standing vacant, waiting for him.
Walter Murch, foreword to AudioVision by Michel Chion
There is a story which goes like this: In the middle of a battle there is a company of Italian soldiers in the trenches, and an Italian com- mander who issues the command “Soldiers, attack!” He cries out in a loud and clear voice to make himself heard in the midst of the tumult, but nothing happens, nobody moves. So the commander gets angry and shouts louder: “Soldiers, attack!” Still nobody moves. And since in jokes things have to happen three times for something to stir, he yells even louder: “Soldiers, attack!” At which point there is a response, a tiny voice rising from the trenches, saying appreciatively “Che bella voce!” “What a beautiful voice!”
Mladen Dolar, A Voice and Nothing More
In Audio/Vision I will continue to address the Actor-Audience relationship.
I invited the artists Jan Deboon and Silas Neuman to research with me about how and what is behind the choices we make when we are performing.
We will co-create a performance where the receiver can choose either to be a 'Spectator' or to be an 'Audience' member, choosing between seeing or listening. Deciding with which of these two senses he/she wants to perceive the performance.
project Maria João Falcão co-creation Jan Deboon, Maria João Falcão and Silas Neuman