Sappho, sing to us, 2015. Sound installation & floor drawing, single speaker, wood, ikebana plate, clay slip, voice by Christine Daly, duration 1:20, dimensions variable. An excerpt of text from Anne Carson’s, If not Winter, Fragments of Sappho (2003) a compilation and translation that marks lapses and loses with blankness.[FM[X]: What would a feminist methodology sound like? Curator Danni Zuvela & Liquid Architecture, WestSpace, Melbourne. 2015]
Annotated score for Sappho, sing to us, 2015. Transcript excerpt with translation Christine Daly, 34 x 20.5cm [The movement of the aside, ARTSPACE Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, 2018]
The sound of her voice, transcript for artist reading, [FM[X]: What would a feminist methodology sound like? WestSpace, Melbourne, 2015]
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A sliver of writing from Anne Carson’s, If not Winter, Fragments of Sappho (2003) – a compilation and translation from disembedded notes of the Greek poetess in 6th century B.C – is restructured as a script for a short recitation for a female voice. Marking lapses and loses, the looped phrase is re-sounded with variations as if being rehearsed or spoken as an invocation.
The voice, a transmission across time like moonlight, but also time ticked off like chalk marks. An invitation to listen through time and the impression of missing matter, ideas about the ‘troublesome’ voices of women writers and seers, the erotics of silence and oracular listening played into this work which poses listening as a feminist methodology.