"Starting from Anne Carson’s “The gender of sound”, the film plays around with the trope that classically associates women with an irrational and uncontrolled outflow of sounds, more similar to the monstrous than the human—the opposite of rational, self-controlled, moderate in speaking Man. Employing unpleasant sounds, high-pitched shrieks, and guttural groans, the video explores stages between femininity and animality. The film starts with a woman who is losing her voice, but this loss provokes other physical mutations. The camera’s point of view goes down in the woods, suggesting the perspective of a critter that is moving four-footed. The disappearing voice will eventually come back as animals’ cries.
Harpy (video still), 2020, digital video, 4K, stroboscopy of vocal chords by James P. Thomas M.D.
Installation view of Harpy, 4x3 m, projection, during Sprinboard Art Fair, curated by Youri Appelo, 2023