she says, she says: geo-sonic entanglements
Julieanna Preston and Felicia Konrad
2023 (7.46) experimental video poem.
We are two women on opposite sides of the earth, Aotearoa and Sweden, twelve hours and 18,000 kilometers apart. Unlike conventional long-distance conversations by letters, email, telephone, or Zoom calls, the sounds emanating from our two bodies become entangled with the materiality of the world such that they become almost indistinguishable from its generative matrix. Our voices lose their autonomous nature; they cross over one another indiscriminately, traversing the distance as new folded geo-poetic sediments and sentiments.
We cast our voices outward from bellies, through throats, over tongues, against cheeks, and across teeth and lips to join currents of wind, oceans, and other material substances that constitute the matter of the worlds we inhabit.
Our chatter extends the haptic nature of our environments to describe that which is felt and that which is immediate, emotional, vibrant, visceral and aethereal.
We imagine the sound waves touching the material world as they make their way to each other. These sounds affect and are affected by the mass, substance, and surface of these materials.
They are slowed down, hastened, fractured, filtered, bounced, absorbed, and blended along the path that is very far from straight or efficient.
Often the sound is stretched, spun, compacted, or distorted by the force of the earth’s rotation and the serendipitous nature of moving image and audio software such that the sound becomes unfamiliar, alien, or unrecognizable from its original form.
This video poem wonders what it is for the material world to touch back. (text: Julieanna Preston)
Breathing Water: Tina Quartey, David Carlsson,
Mats Persson, Felicia Konrad
Ongoing sound piece: Breathing Water
Body of Water Live Performance Concert
3ird version 3 hr durational at Malmöfestivalen 2023
16/9 2023 on youtube the last 14 minutes flowing improvisation