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Diana Duta + Future Perfect
04/03/2020 - 18h - free

Future Perfect (Julia Dyck and Amanda Harvey) will perform a work-in-progress creation engaging with transmission practices via pirate FM radio and internet live-streaming. Their work explores the nature of perceptual contact with the world, including the ways in which we can attune to those in our shared environment.

Composed of field and VLF (very low frequency) recordings, electronics, and spoken word, the piece is structured as an experimental narrative.


During her residency at Q-O2, Diana Duta has created a series of circular scripts containing aleatory sequences from Alexander Bell’s alphabet, which were interpreted by five seeing voice performers, in an attempt to address this complicated history and to celebrate the quirkiness of his phonetic symbols. The recordings will be presented as a 4-channel installation.

In 1867, Alexander Melville Bell published his work Visible Speech, a visual phonetic alphabet composed of 16 consonants, 20 vowels, 7 glides, 14 modifiers and 4 tones. His ambition was none other than a universal system for transcribing any possible sound – verbal and non-verbal (contempt, annoyance, pain), human and non-human (sawing wood, the grunt of a pig) into a set of symbols, inspired by the position of the lips, throat and tongue as they produce speech. His son Alexander Graham Bell, more known for the invention of the telephone, pioneered this method in several deaf schools across the United States. Within the deaf community, he is seen more as a villain than a hero, partly because of his mission of extricating deaf people out of their world – EARth and placing them into the EYEth – making them speak instead of using sign language.

With thanks to the performers camille gérenton, Simone Basani, Barry Fitzgerald, Myriam Van Imschoot and Marcus Bergner for their contributions.


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