Voice is defined here as the expression and embodiment of oppositional consciousness in a system of domination. Oppositional consciousness fosters a sense of efficacy and promotes the belief that acting collectivity can bring about change. Thus, any expression of voice or oppositional consciousness requires four givens: identifying with an unjustly subordinated group, recognizing the injustice of that group’s position, opposing that injustice, and identifying common interests to end the injustice. A perception of these injustices is the first step to collective action. Oral protest and signage – banners, posters, ads, etc. – are the tangible representations and linguistic strategies of oppositional consciousness.
In this exhibit, particular attention is given to spatial “dialogues,” conceived as a form of communication between citizens and regimes, often with regimes as invisible participants controlling events through surveillance. The dialogue between the regime – even when physically absent as participants-- and citizens – who are physically and politically present, offers a unique social phenomenon that informs us about the relationship between civil action and space.
SPATIAL DIALOGUES The sound installation illuminates the way these spatial dialogues alter space and create two key typologies of communication: a static form taking place in one location, and an active form taking place in motion, through the city. Public gatherings require different voices that, in their occupation of space, freely use and play with these typologies to create the desired effect.
Within this notion of spatial dialogue is a wide spectrum of voices: passive, obedient, humorous, sarcastic, poignant, angry, sad, contemptuous, etc. These different voices, “performed” in both formal and informal places, expose the variety of linguistic strategies of communication between citizens and regimes – again, without presenting a moral or political agenda.