February 25, 2005

Babel On

Katherine Liberovskaya

Katherine Liberovskaya with Phill Niblock

Performance/Installation, Reception
Friday, February 25, 2005
8:00 pm

Live presentation also, Friday February 25
Katherine Liberovskaya, live video mixing
with music by o.blaat (Keiko Uenishi, NY)
from CD: "Two Novels: Gaze / In the Cochlea"
crónica 012, cronica label (Portugal)

Artist Talk and Demonstration with Katherine Liberovskaya
Saturday, February 26, 2005
3:00 pm

Introduction | Katherine Liberovskaya | Phill Niblock


The first collaboration between New York intermedia artist/composer Phill Niblock and Montreal video/multimedia artist Katherine Liberovskaya, BABEL-ON is a sound-based audio-video work-in-progress exploring the melodic and rhythmical dimensions of human spoken languages as musical instruments of communication and concentrates on the sound of verbal expression rather than on its meaning.

The four simultaneous projections display different successions of video clips of a wide variety of very tight shots of the faces of women and men of different nationalities and/or origins speaking in their mother-tongues about the musical-rhythmical properties and idiosyncrasies of their respective languages as well as strive to remember tongue twisters or rhymes. In counterpoint to these video projections with their sync sound, concurrently plays a sound composition, derived from voices and languages, by Phill Niblock. Constructed from the actual utterances in the video footage, this thick, numerous track, composition forms an acoustic environment that interacts with the multilingual speech, at times accompanying it, at others overriding and replacing it, at still other times growing silent, thus creating a sonic conversation of sorts.

BABEL-ON is meant to create a very physical, living audio-video flow of variations of associations and dissociations, of different tensions, between image and sound, speech and music, words and significations, intention and chance, a constant flux of unstable, slipping, shifting meanings and perceptions. It is an experiential piece that evokes the non-verbal possibilities of vocal communication, suggesting various relationships between diverse geo-political regions, cultural traditions and civilizations.

Presented by Soil Digital Media Suite
as part of the Cache/Cachet series