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SPILL 15 – Sarah Jane Norman: Stone Tape Theory

Photo by Sarah-Jane Norman.

1pm. Part of the Toynbee Studios Day Pass, SPILL Week 1 Pass and SPILL All-Seeing Pass.

To purchase as part of the SPILL All-Seeing Pass or the SPILL Week 1 Pass please call Toynbee Studios box office on 020 7650 2350. 

A durational sound performance in which the performer mines the shifting terrain of her own memories. Stone Tape Theory takes its name from an obscure paranormal hypothesis in which ghostly presences are explained not as discarnate souls, but as electro-magnetic “imprints” in space.

The performer recites aloud a continual chain of associative memories – ranging from the banal to the traumatic – whilst in a state of induced trance-regression. These utterances are mediated through the defunct technology of analogue tape, generating an evolving sonic landscape, hypnotic loops and spectral distortions.

Considering memory as a decaying loop of impressions which equally construct and disturb our experience of the present, the work asks what it means to be haunted; what is a haunting, if not a memory in space? And what is a memory, if not a haunting of the body?

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Date and time

29 October – 1 November 2015

Please note
This is now a past event.


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