Friday, September 14, 2012

Christof Migone | Sonic Somatic: Performances of the Unsound Body

Christof Migone
Sonic Somatic: Performances of the Unsound Body
Berlin, Germany: Errant Bodies Press, 2012
281 pp., 22 x 16.5 x 2 cm., softcover

Artist and curator Christof Migone's new book Sonic Somatic was released in Montreal last month and receives its Toronto launch tomorrow (Saturday 15th) at Art Metropole, from 4 to 6 pm.

"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."

The book looks at the writings of playwright Antonin Artaud, John Cage’s 4’33”, Alvin Lucier’s 1969 recording I am sitting in a room, Erik Satie’s Vexations, Marina Abramovic’s Rhythm 0, and Adrian Piper’s Untitled Performance for Max’s Kansas City, amongst other works.

"This book is a must for anybody involved in experimental sound, music, performance." —Allen S. Weiss

For more information, visit the artist's website here.

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