I – Sound Etiquette

To be legible is to be readable. To be legible is to be coded and contained. Often when asked an uncomfortable question, or faced with an unsettling reality, the rattled respondent ducks and dives with a stammer, a mumble, a sweat, a scrawl, or a nervous tic. The respondent may not be lying, but neither may …

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II – Soundless Resonance

As the originator of the term sound etiquette, Christine Sun Kim is keenly aware of society’s conventions around sound. The Berlin-based American artist was born Deaf, and critiques the social expectation that Deaf people should navigate a hearing world quietly and discreetly. Her works in new media, drawing, and performance demonstrate that sound can be …

III – Vocal Transfiguration

The co- in correspondence implies a partnership. It implies that in sending a letter, each party is responding or reacting together—the word is not concerned with who initiated the exchange. Each party, respectively, is responding.  A self-proclaimed artist, diarist, and correspondent, Nemerofsky Ramsay’s letters, serenades, and love notes bear the marks of past lovers and …

IV – Verbatim

When Okwui Enwezor became the first African curator of the International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale in 2015, he tasked himself with framing an exhibition as "a kind of thinking machine." Exhibitions, in this framework, have the potential to not only present ideas expressed by artists, but to create and mobilize new ideas through action and spatial composition. …