Claire Vivianne Sobottke: Strange Songs

27 Jun to 02 Jul 2018

Part of the exhibition “Welt ohne Außen”

Claire Vivianne Sobottke

Claire Vivianne Sobottke

© the artist

If music can be seen as a surrogate for language, then singing must be a way of speaking. Singing breaks with the hierarchy of rational language and can address the thing itself, that which we cannot put into words. Singing is as risky as speaking the truth. For the course of the week Claire Vivianne Sobottke will together with composer Tian Rotteveel install her work “Strange Songs” into the exhibition: a concert in which a series of strange songs emerge. Each song and voice that appears invents a specific situation, a way to dance, a temporary identity or character. A reference in “Strange Songs” are the songs of different genres that exist in our culture: the distinctive techniques of singing applied in these songs, their specific functions, the various forms of staging them: Arias and opera as a classical embodiment of the human affect, punk songs as a form of resistance, the lament as a musical way of crying, rap songs as a political voice, heavy metal as an affirmation of intensity and noise. These songs are forms of speaking. “Strange Songs” is a sensual monologue that navigates through personal and political, prosody and whistleblower, love and terror. The voice becomes a tool for embodiment and exorcism, for speaking truth and making lies, for seducing and calling, to manipulate and declare, to clean and heal. By fragmenting, deconstructing, “strangering” and intensifying the voice, a hyperphysical way of singing emerges that can become itself a way to dance.