THE SPILL FESTIVAL OF PERFORMANCE IS AN INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF LIVE ART, ACTIVISM AND PERFORMANCE PRESENTING THE WORK OF EXCEPTIONAL ARTISTS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE.
A DURATIONAL SOUND PERFORMANCE IN WHICH THE PERFORMER MINES THE SHIFTING TERRAIN OF HER OWN MEMORIES
Stone Tape Theory takes its name from an obscure paranormal hypothesis in which ghostly presences are explained not as discarnate souls, but as electro-magnetic “imprints” in space. The performer recites aloud a continual chain of associative memories – ranging from the banal to the traumatic – whilst in a state of induced trance-regression. These utterances are mediated through the defunct technology of analogue tape, generating an evolving sonic landscape, hypnotic loops and spectral distortions. Considering memory as a decaying loop of impressions which equally construct and disturb our experience of the present, the work asks what it means to be haunted; what is a haunting, if not a memory in space? And what is a memory, if not a haunting of the body?
Sarah-Jane Norman (b.1984, Sydney) is an interdisciplinary artist based between Sydney and Berlin. Working across a diverse range of media, the core of her practice is durational performance. Working as a solo artist since 2006, she has also trained and worked collaboratively with Guillemo Gomez-Pena, Yoshito Ohno and Marina Abramovic. Her most recent works have been presented in partnership with SPILL (UK), Fierce (UK), In Between Time (UK), Arnolfini (UK), Next Wave (AU), Forest Fringe (UK), Performance Space Sydney (AU), Venice International Performance Art Week (IT), Kaldor Public Art Projects (AU) and the Australian Experimental Art Foundation (AU).