TENTACULAR VOICE

An exploration of the struggle to find a voice under the weight of suffocating, restrictive forces. A horrific stretching outwards into a desolate mediation of the world

The tentacular being of the cephalopod uses appendages that extend, contract, they bend and twist to perform the complexities of sensation. The tentacle is a substance, a horrific and intrusive life form that forces an encounter before language to forge a connection to the non-conscious and a sensibility to what isn’t spoken, to the voice.

The voice is made up of our physical presence that isn’t defined by language but as being heard, present and received in orientation to other bodies. What we are faced with is making our voice heard and understood by another. So to attempt to pick apart what makes us who we are, what makes our voice ours, we reach an effort to find a core that potentially doesn’t exist. The voice forces itself out from the depths of the body, to the surface of the skin and out into its environment to pick up deep impressions that weave into the bodily textured surfaces of emotion, sexuality, longing and intellect. 

If language is the first step towards violence, confusion and disorientation between beings, then this erodes the initial natural evolutionary way of mediating the world – of feeling, of sensory experience. Rather than being a tool for expression, systems of mediation are entangled with the voice as an intensity that emerges before anything else. The voice is entangled with the systems it uses to express itself, the voice is not the body and it is not language. The voice is an act of intrusion, a devastating power that intrudes on our mediation of the world and the tools we use to do so. But doesn’t my voice need to perform this intrusion? My voice is a physical intensity on the body, it physically needs to reach out and escape as a material force. The voice when restricted by the tools of expression entangled within systems of communication will always result in a failure, an impossibility to feel received. In its restrictions the voice cannot push itself out from the body and feeling becomes paralyzed. Human sensibility is at a crisis point, we think too much and feel too little in an act that exposes the complete impossibility of the voice. 

THE VOICE OF THE SYNTHETIC HUMAN 1

3D printed sculpture created using natural PLA filament.

An exploration into the plasticity of the body through the creation of a 3D printed sculpture, showing the intensity of the voice as a physical and horrific stress by re-imagining it as a force that moves outwards searching for input from its environment. 

The Voice of the Synthetic Human 2

Digital projection created using Blender 3D modelling software.

Breaking down the voice in different ways places the tentacle as the exploratory force that are then dropped, destroyed, chained up and melted down by the intensity of the environment.

Get User Voice

Interactive JavaScript animation created using JavaScript coding, Blender and a microphone.

Asking you to use your voice, the mouth reacts to the frequencies you generate as an attempt to reach out into the world. The tentacle becomes the restrictive force, wrapping around to stop any mediation before it’s begun. Input through the microphone triggers an interaction to rotate the mouth depending on the frequency value, coupled with an interactive animation to give the sense of the intensity of the voice wrapping around and attempting to stop the body from extending itself into the world.

Plastic Voice

Silicone plastic sculptures created using addition cure silicone and silicone pigment.

In exploring the plasticity of the body the physical use of plastics can communicate the voice itself. It’s fleshy, viscous. It stretches outwards. It’s textured by the body. It has an elasticity that can take and give shape from and to its environment.