Voice Catcher

Voice Catcher

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– an arranged marriage between technology and theater

By: Stahl Stenslie in collaboration with Kate Pendry
Where: Dramatikkens Hus, Oslo, Norway
Date: September 21st & 22nd 2012

What happens when sound becomes the omnipresent, immersive and fleeting stage? How can advanced sound technology influence and explore stage text? Or does the technology fall into place when the text is finished? Is it the case that text needs developed technology to reach further?

In a meeting with Stenslie’s newly constructed machine, a holophonic and touch based sound installation, Kate Pendry will test interactively what is happening to her as a dramaturgist and actress; Will she be able to cooperate with the technology in a way that makes us forget it’s there and discover/remember the magical and special aspects of what has inspired her storytelling?

The central object in the performance is a bronze-colored sphere which is the instrument that Pendry plays with. She conjures and manipulates sounds in surround by running her hands around the sphere’s surface, gently touching it to navigate the sound around herself and the audience. Her movements literally dresses the audience in an experience of liquid sound. The sensors are programmed by Thom Johansen/NOTAM.

Kate Pendry is an actress who addresses political and taboo-ridden societal phenomena and holds them up for discussion without prejudice, being of the opinion that art should not contribute to general contentment. Pendry questions whether people could be victims of societal structures. She has worked with technology in a variety of ways in her performances for 20 years, and has worked with Stenslie for an equal amount of time.

Stahl Stenslie is a professor and a curator who develops sensory technologies and experimental tools for novel forms of artistic expression.

Thom Johansen is an extremely skilled programmer at NOTAM.

The development of Voice Catcher is supported by Dramatikkens hus, Arts Council Norway and NOTAM.

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Voice Catcher


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