Zavod Sploh

Reading Reading

Brati glas
Brati glas
Brati glas_foto: Marcandrea
Brati glas_foto: Marcandrea
Brati glas_foto: Marcandrea
Brati glas_foto: Marcandrea
Multimedia project
Author: Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec

Works:
Reading Reading (2017)
Reading Speech (2018)
Reading Voice (2018)

Reading Reading
Presentation

Reading Reading is a long term artistic research project that is through sound investigating the relations and differences between the temporalities of reading and speaking a text. The research attempts to investigate the experience of reading as an interface between our interior mental state and the exterior world, asking whether what separates the two is a temporal, flexible and virtual gap, as opposed to a fixed corporal/material border.

In this sense, the project addresses the activity of reading a text as similar to inhabiting a place. The text is a blueprint of immaterial architecture, outlined by the reader's gaze and inhabited by the reader's mind. The pace of reading temporalises the printed words, while the voice materializes them. Through reading (and speaking), the text is simultaneously being materialized and mentally inhabited.

Software development: Darien Brito
Co-producer: Zavod Projekt Atol
Supported by Creative Industries Fund, The Netherlands

20.12.2017, Čitalnica Španskih borcev, Ljubljana


Reading Speech Performance

How much time does it take to think something?
How much time does it take to say something?
How much time does it take to write something?
How much time does it take to hear something?”

The project Reading Speech is conceived as a performative sound event where the performer reads written text from a computer screen. While doing so, an eye tracker is tracing the reader’s gaze. The software applies the duration that the eye spends on a word to the duration in which the sound of this entire spoken word is being played back. After concluding reading, the manipulated sound of the spoken words is played back accordingly to the recorded eye movement.

Contrary to the controlled and loud pronunciation of read words, this situation uncovers a cognitive and semi-conscious process of reading as an invisible and nonlinear process of following and sense-making that is in continuous state of becoming. Sonic embodiment and public presentation of this transient process acts as an unconscious and unwritten sonic composition. This composition makes audible and accommodates research into reading speech as a non-performative activity that in its specific temporality and non-linearity corrodes the meaning of the text, while it articulates its hidden musicality.

Software development: Darien Brito, Giuliano Anzani
Co-producer: Zavod Projekt ATOL
Supported by Creative Industries Fund NL/ Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, The Nederlands

15.6.2018, EBU meeting, Radio Slovenia, NUK, Ljubljana

Review:
Uroš Smasek: Od kovača do knapa in Brati branje, Ars RTV, 20.6.2018


Reading Voice (2018)
Multimedia installation

Reading Voice is an installation that explores indescribable zone in between a written word as an object in space and a spoken word as an event in time throught the act of reading.

Using eye-tracking technology and self developed software, the installation connects the elements of voice, looking, written words and meaning by sonifying the gaze of the reader’s eye.

This experimental setting accommodates a situation that brings to the fore complex temporal relations between seeing, listening, written word, meaning, inner and external voices, that are unfolding while the activity of reading. Activating an instance of the pre-view of a view as a temporal interval that emerges in between sensing and making sense.

Software development: Darien Brito, Giuliano Anzani
Co-producer: Zavod Projekt ATOL 
Supported by Creative Industries Fund NL/ Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, The Niderlands and Mondriaan Fund, The Niderlands

26.–28.11.2018, osmo/za, Ljubljana

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