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Voicings : a Ventriloquial Strategy to Politicise the Space Between Speaker and the Scripted Utterance

Voicings : a Ventriloquial Strategy to Politicise the Space Between Speaker and the Scripted... Voicings is a moving image work designed to destabilise the relationship between script and utterance. Its content makes a political comment about the oppressive potential of language. Shot in real time, with an emphasis on process, Voicings is designed to undermine the socio-normative connotations attached to the perfect articulation (and by proxy in ‘Received Pronunciation’) in mainstream performance. Emphasis is placed on the film’s soundtrack and the deconstructive process which occurs at the level of the spoken word. Many artists’ moving image works engage critically with the politics of representation by dismantling the role of the cinematic apparatus, yet traditionally this process privileges the visual. In Voicings, the focus has shifted from the visual to the aural, in order to explore how the voice can dismantle the potential for social oppression contained in everyday speech. Formally, the work operates at the level of the script and its enunciation, while contextually it asks the following questions: How debilitating socially is the experience of poor articulacy for foreign speakers? How are individuals and The New Soundtrack 2.1 (2012): 51–62 DOI: 10.3366/sound.2012.0026 # Edinburgh University Press www.eupjournals.com/SOUND KEYWORDS ventriloquism ventriloquial vraisemblable speech film dialogue script institutions implicated in discriminating against those http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The New Soundtrack Edinburgh University Press

Voicings : a Ventriloquial Strategy to Politicise the Space Between Speaker and the Scripted Utterance

The New Soundtrack , Volume 2 (1): 51 – Mar 1, 2012

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Edinburgh University Press
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© Edinburgh University Press
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Articles; Film, Media and Cultural Studies
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2042-8855
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10.3366/sound.2012.0026
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Abstract

Voicings is a moving image work designed to destabilise the relationship between script and utterance. Its content makes a political comment about the oppressive potential of language. Shot in real time, with an emphasis on process, Voicings is designed to undermine the socio-normative connotations attached to the perfect articulation (and by proxy in ‘Received Pronunciation’) in mainstream performance. Emphasis is placed on the film’s soundtrack and the deconstructive process which occurs at the level of the spoken word. Many artists’ moving image works engage critically with the politics of representation by dismantling the role of the cinematic apparatus, yet traditionally this process privileges the visual. In Voicings, the focus has shifted from the visual to the aural, in order to explore how the voice can dismantle the potential for social oppression contained in everyday speech. Formally, the work operates at the level of the script and its enunciation, while contextually it asks the following questions: How debilitating socially is the experience of poor articulacy for foreign speakers? How are individuals and The New Soundtrack 2.1 (2012): 51–62 DOI: 10.3366/sound.2012.0026 # Edinburgh University Press www.eupjournals.com/SOUND KEYWORDS ventriloquism ventriloquial vraisemblable speech film dialogue script institutions implicated in discriminating against those

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The New SoundtrackEdinburgh University Press

Published: Mar 1, 2012

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