COOP ~ Sotto Voce: Tactics, Signals and Slips of Desire from Month to Month

Seminar 3 & 4: 10 - 17 March 2020

Secretions and Sirens

May I write words more naked than flesh, stronger than bone, more resilient than sinew, sensitive than nerve?

Sappho as re-written by Theresa Hak Cha and re-typed by Sara and Arnisa

In Ancient Greek Mythology Sirens were a group of female semi-deities whose chattering song was considered a dangerous seduction that would lead to death and shipwreck. According to Franz Kafka they were actually silent. What is the vibration between silence and  murmurs? Recitation. Evocation. Offering. Provocation. The begging. Before her. Before them.

As we cross the Mediterranean Sea towards Tunisia, we encounter different layers of time  as well as inner and precarious journeys.  During the two week session we focus on stories that are written on water, signals of hope, transpassing voids, and whispered secrets. How to embody words with a cracked tongue?

In more practical terms we continue our performative modes from Epen; we have voice workshops with Geo; are introduced to the practice of Theresa Hak Cha with Sara, we go for a visit to the Bardo museum in Tunis; have a secret workshop with Arnisa; have one or two walks; a Stich-In workshop with curator Vivian Ziherl on encounters, joys and nightmares of the exhibition – Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner Too? by Patricia Kaersenhout; few student led presentations; one on ones about individual practice; and we cook together a meal.


Seminar 2: 26 - 29 January 2020

Voice prints

This week gravitates around the different signals of the body in relation to voice and desire.

Where can voices be located? How is speech an utterance of reading the extensions of the self? The gathering starts with a discussion on the previous meeting and readings. We continue the engagement with June Jordan and read a new text by Quinn Latimer 'Q di Quadro or, My Body, Her Refrain (It Comes Back)'.

Arnisa is present for the entire coop and Geo joins on the 28. When Geo joins we create specific exercises in language and embodiment. 

Lastly, we will be doing face to face meetings.


Seminar 1: 1-4 December 2019 

I’ll be your mirror

Poetry, dreams and collective experiences become a red thread of this encounter.

Geo will be present for the entire DAI week, while Arnisa and Sara on the 3rd and 4th. Activities will include collective body and voice exercises gearing us up for communication with presence and absence, close-readings of poetry, dream voices and deep listening.  Sotto Voce as different scales of signalling, through space and time, with the sea as our conduit. 

Please bring a portable mirror, as well as a new notebook for journaling in this class, and wear comfortable clothing to move around in.