No Words

No Words
A month long project during the MA course at Goldsmiths College, London. In November 2000 Zwierzyñska stopped speaking completely hoping to seek other ways of communicating and to observe and document what happens in her surroundings during this experiment.

One of the many results of the performance was an interactive computer application generating her own voice (agi.voice). Another outcome was "The Wall of Words" featuring a collage of words that she most often used or that were most important to her. The words, each on their unique piece of white paper and given a distinctive position and size according to their importance, were pinned down very precisely on a white wall and formed a huge web of memories and connections.

The next product of project ‘No Words’ was an image diary showing the daily frustrations of speechlessness through TV stills, carefully chosen to fit the mood of the day. A series of 6 booklets showing ‘the best of’ the thousands of notes that she wrote during the no-words month substituted the spoken language. Featuring short thoughts rather than whole sentences the books put these chaotic text fragments into associative contexts and thus formed thematic narrative. The performance culminated in ‘Agata Cracked-up’ - a live-size self-portrait torn, cut-up and put together again.

agi.voice
Developed in collaboration with musician John Eacott. This tailored version of SuperCollider, a computer program generating endless random loops, transformed Zwierzyñska’s voice into a sound piece interactively triggered by viewers. Agi.voice became the bridge between project ‘No Words’ and the dummy-book “A.G.I.”, and was presented at the 2001 Goldsmiths College MA degree-show.

 

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