Charlotte Law & Artur Vidal | Ode Action to Hélène Smith

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Charlotte Law and Artur Vidal

Hélène Smith was a medium and glossolalist, famous in Vienna at the turn of the XIX century for her mysterious speech in Sanskrit and Martien.

With the support of linguists such as Ferdinand de Saussure, the psychologist Théodore Flournoy made an effort to understand Smith’s exceptional skills in speaking unknown languages, while her non intelligible speech can be read as a form of a ‘vocal utopia’: an attempt to exceed the social boundaries embedded in language.

Building sounds and a mysterious sculptural object made from the fragments of a previously deconstructed piano, Ode Action to Hélène Smith ventures across the uncertain frontier that separates the discovery of new forms of communication and the urgency to exit the language.

6 July of 2014

Read Charlotte Law’s accompanying text here 

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