You are a pattern of sounds, space is a body responding to you
This is a deep listening guide which celebrates the boundaries within which phenomena occur, as well as the assertion of personal boundaries, particularly for those whose personhood are frequently questioned. It also celebrates the borderlessness of all things human and not-human.
Draw a seaside landscape with your
tongue inside your mouth. Dip your
tongue in the well of saliva, as a painter
dips a brush in paint.
Listen to your spit.
Listen to the waves.
Listen to the room as if space is draped
over your shoulders.
Listen as space falls off your shoulders.
Tap, rub, and pinch paper.
Listen to the plurality of trees from which
the paper originates.
Tap, rub, and pinch your skin.
Listen to the plurality of people from which
Recall a time when you were passive or
polite out of fear.
Imagine the experience residing on the tip
of one of your ﬁngers.
Pluck a string.
Listen to the fear transform into assertion.
Continue plucking strings until you stop
worrying whether other people in the
room like it.
This book was initially created to stimulate interaction with and perception of Bodies in Sounded Space, an exhibition of sculptures by Fionn Duffy and Katie Shlon, presented at School 33 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA in early 2018.