Veritas Ventriloquist (2020-2022)
Performance with sewing machines, effects- and sewing machine pedals, electro-magnetic microphones, talk-box, magnetic tape, found objects.
Veritas Ventriloquist is a performance and sound work which questions, transforms, and harnesses the historical entanglements of gender, voice and technology. At the core of this performance is the Veritas Machine – a noisy, dynamic, woman-machine interface made of dismantled and reforged sewing machines, re-envisioned as an instrument and vocal synthesiser. This instrument is a set, an apparatus and a relational system of technological components which have been predominantly used by women in history.
Loops of archival material and electromagnetic sounds are wound through the mechanisms of the sewing machines, combined with their hacked foot pedals, resonating in my oral cavity. The body becomes the sounding chamber for a genealogy where machines and media have historically impressed their gendered codes. Choking and aggression seep between the cracks of feminised postures and glances. The ventriloquised noise of the machine erupts through the mouth to form a shared agency through which a cyborg voice can defy the boundaries of its own gendered history.
Trailer credits: Cinematography/thumbnail image: Kayla Elrod
Audio recording assistance: Ani Samperi
Editing: Lottie Sebes
Image credits: Kim Wichera