Fascinated by polyphony, I transpose musical forms to social relations, structures of power, perception, belonging, language, desire, and what it means to listen.

I start with playing a fugue on the piano as a blueprint: a contrapuntal mess of voices spilling out horizontally rather than stacked as a hierarchy.
Playing a fugue is simultaneously reading, interpreting, sensing, analysing, moving, listening, and responding to the conditions of a place and moment. And an acknowledgement of the technological and socio-political tides through which a spectrum of voices and silences wrestle.

Layering, cinema, an unwieldy fascination, a grammar, mapping, relations, harmony, consonance, dissonance, polyphony, mise-en-scène, audience participation, compromised perspectives, staring obliquely, cut and paste, embodied knowledge, Chinatown, "chinatown", models, temporary visas, reading together out loud, tonal and atonal languages, writing script, improvisation, karaoke, overhead projections, third space, recorded sound, the Wall of Sound, AM radio, singing a cappella, borrowed voices, counterpoint, listening-as-producing, an ethical framework, practising, rehearsing, walking through, film festivals, galleries, storage closets, a train station, a condemned office building, Read-in, collective research, studio visits, Toronto, Tampere, Rotterdam, London,
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