Spell: Recognition by Zosia Hołubowska
sound installation, 2018
electronic components, herbs, pot, table, paper, sound samples
Curated by Anna T.
The installation aims at creating moments of healing and recognition, focusing on non-binary people. The creative process started from a fascination with traditional Eastern-European magic based on whispered spells and properties of herbs. This project is part of an on-going investigation on queer as a methodology in sound-art, be it musical improvisation or performative composition. In this approach, Hołubowska explores not only queer as a methodology in designing sound experiments and what queer can sound like, but also creates collages from the ethnomusicological material, queer punk aesthetics, and D.I.Y electronics, exploring possible connections and tensions. These temporal–often dissonant–compositions reflect their understanding and experience of queer desire and queer embodiment as a series of fluid and polyphonic assemblages. Because space for queers and freaks in oral cultures was always limited, it is in traditional singing and magic that Hołubowska seeks new forms of expressing agency and ways of relating to the world. The sound installation employs the power of whispers, as a form of a well-wishing, empowering spells, and the magic properties of herbs to create a safer healing sonic space. The installation also deals with a queer approach to music composition by embracing randomness and collectivity by inviting the audience to compose the soundscape.
Opening: 25.05.2018 // 7 p.m.
Exhibition from 25.05. – 01.06.2018
opening hours by appointment
Finissage: 01.06.2018 // 7 p.m. // Closing Performance 8 p.m.
Where: Mz* Baltazar’s Laboratory
Wallensteinstrasse 38 1200 Wien
Image credits: Zosia Hołubowska
Zosia Hołubowska is a queer sound artist, musician and music activist. As a Ph.D. candidate at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, they investigate queer as a methodology in sound art and explore queer sound. Their sound installations and performances have been shown in Mumok Vienna (2016), AMOQA Athens (2017), Research Pavillion in Venice (2017). As Mala Herba (their solo music project) they have been extensively touring around Europe. They also run the flying queer synthesizer laboratory “Sounds Queer?”