Propelling the mythology of Narcissus and Echo into a science-fiction future, I translate Echo’s golem-like body into a digital environment.
What is the Voice of Echo? It exists as a repetition – of what? Of human voice, of Narcissus? A voice that extends anothers’ voice, the activities of an environment, is it independent, does it vocalize at all? The voice of Echo exists beyond its content, the repetitions, but how then to capture a voice devoid of content, devoid of sounding symbol? The voice of Echo exists as a bouncing of processes, a distortion, a glitch, born of a love and desire uttered but never really communicated. As artistic process I began by becoming Echo as image, in a video intended as love song for …Narcissus? A camera? A perverted gesture towards Echo’s self?
(Description continues below video)
Voice of Echo: Song of Love for Technological Eyes (2011) silent HD video for monitor playback, 18:01 (looped) Photography by Kotama Bouabane.
Echo is in love with recording technology, particularly the video camera. The mirrors emanating from her throat are her concrete manifestations of her voice – the lovesong intended for the camera’s eye.
I took stills from this love song and translated the raw visual data into an audio editing program, choosing particular interpretation methods to “compose” the echo. I bounced this data between photoshop and audacity multiple times, eventually coming at glitched sounds of data interpretation, as well as an accompanying distorted image for each “song”. Echo may only traditionally exist as a re-utterance of Narcissus’ voice, but in this case her cyberfeminist reimagining points at perverse loops somewhere between love, repetition and becoming.