A call and response presupposes the participation of (at least) two parties. But our breath also calls us, as do our own voices. An interrogation is a call and response, as is a published decree. Silence is also a kind of call, as well as a response. Multiple participants may answer the same question differently, our timing may slip, we may be preoccupied and answer not the question asked but some deeper query whose answer we didn't know we sought. It might all happen at once, while someone is sleeping. A coverup is also a call and response, even if rectified later. To voice, as in an opinion, holds hands with to try, both legally and personally. Neither requires a body, but the body-- body politic, embodied being-- helps either endeavor. Sometimes we can throw the voice; it enters another object, an instrument or image, for a brief time before finding its way home. Sometimes we are such an instrument, entered by history's homeless ghosts to tell a version of the story. This is a collaboration between myself and Lauren Redhead. The videos and voice channels are part of an installation with sculptural elements, 2 more audio tracks, and a cellist.
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This is an excerpt from a 7 minute video piece. The full lexicon is, in this order: recalcitrant, restitution, border, revenant, fail. The piece is from Armada Series, an open ended body of work begun in 2010 that deals with gender, failure, and embodiment in a series of texts and incidents, both historical and mythological, involving Queen Elizabeth I.