Soundings – Romi Ron Morrison & Loren Britton

 

‘Soundings’ is an art work in the form of a bookmarlet, a bookmark installed in your toolbar. It is an invitation for you to willfully interrupt your web browsing, and to slow down. In what ways do you check in with yourself when reading the news? Reading an email? Watching a video? How do you feel? And how does your body feel? We invite you to check in.

‘Soundings’ is a moment to let the noise of constant-attention-turbo-capitalism fade into the background. Here the artists Romi Ron Morrison and Loren Britton recite selections of poems some by Black Feminist poets & scholars: Audre Lorde and Alexis Pauline Gumbs, and invite you to read some lines from Claudia Rankine. The work will invite you to consider how fully you can feel in your daily doings, how the erotic is a well of everyday affirmation, how the power of naming the feeling allows for power to transform whats is possible, and that “wanting to want to” is reason enough.

Download ‘Soundings’ here.

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M Archive. After the End of the World by Alexis Pauline Gumbs. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2018.

Sister outsider: essays and speeches, “Poetry is not a Luxury” and “Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic As Power” by Audre Lorde. Trumansberg, NY: Crossing Press, 1984.

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine. Minneapolis, MN: Graywolf Press, 2014.

Soundings was commissioned in collaboration with Kunsthalle Amsterdam. Coded by Karl Tryggvason and designed by Carla & Karlis. Soundings is an open source project. The code can be found on Github and is free to use.