What the Voice Said

The Suttie Arts Space, Aberdeen
Produced with Brighton Upton Trust

17 February–15 April 2018

What the Voice Said

The Suttie Arts Space, Aberdeen
Produced with Brighton Upton Trust

17 February–15 April 2018

This exhibition began with paying attention to voices. The exhibition presented a conversation between two people who are trying to find a way of speaking without  ‘regulation’ alongside studies of people unable to speak out. These texts moved between fiction and non-fiction; sometimes overtly escapist, other times confrontationally real. This exhibition took its title from The Five Senses: A Philosophy of Mingled Bodies by Michel Serres, in which he defends bodily experience against an age of information technology.

The texts were hung upon large scale photographs by Francis McKee, Isobel Lutz-Smith and Tamsin Greenlaw. The photographs provided a sensual home for words, giving a place to observations which tilt towards the generic and everyday. Particular phrases turn up again and again as posters setting a rhythm to the overlapping narratives.

The exhibition offered an intimate reading experience against the very public scenes of hospitals mid-renovation and the street in the early morning when clouded in fog. These became metaphors for the uncertainty and continual renewal of our social and sensory world.

Photographs by Ruth Clark