Lingualabial is a two-channel sound installation of close-miked licking sounds, presented on two small loudspeakers embedded in opposite walls of a gallery. The sounds are played back at the same low level as the original activity, so upon entering the gallery, the visitor barely hears them. As one approaches either of the loudspeakers, the sound becomes more distinct. A listener hears the sounds with intimate clarity when very close to the loudspeaker and the wall. The experience is a transition from architectural emptiness to intimate auditory attachment, yet the body is emphatically absent. The loudspeaker is set into the wall, and its surface coupled with the wall surface metaphorically veils this unattainable body behind the apparatus.
Repast three-person exhibition, Durand Art Institute at Lake Forest College, 2018.
Audiosphere: Sound Experimentation 1980-2020 group exhibition curated by Francisco López, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain (headphone version).