Edited by Annette Stahmer
120 page book + CD
: 978-3-89770-375-9


PAROLE #2 is the second issue of a series of publications investigating the materiality of language. Parole #2: Phonetic Skin / Phonetische Haut is concerned with skin and its relation to language. The term “skin” is used here as a metaphor. It represents the surface, the protective sheath of not only the human but also of other “bodies” like the walls of a house, a product’s packaging, the earth’s surface, and so on. Skin describes the boundary between within and without, and is simultaneously a sensitive instrument for communication, directing external information inwards, as well as outwardly expressing inner states. “Phonetic Skin” is a poetic term serving as a starting point for a discussion on the connection between communication/language and skin.

18 international theorists, artists and designers present projects in “Phonetic Skin” which illuminate various aspects of this theme, including voice phenomena, talking drums, dermographism, clothing, as well as works on gardens, graffiti, and book bodies.

With contributions by:
Maria José Arjona (artist, Miami) / Janet Beizer (Romance Studies scholar, Cambridge, MA) / De Geuzen (artist group, Amsterdam) / Paul Dickinson (artist, Chicago) / Mladen Dolar (philosopher, Ljubljana) / Leif Elggren (artist, Stockholm) / Steven Feld (musician and anthropologist, Santa Fé) / Leonardo Guelman (author and publisher, Rio de Janeiro) / Anish Kapoor (artist, London) / Brandon LaBelle (artist, Berlin) / André Lepecki (Performance and Cinema Studies scholar and curator, New York) / David Locke (music ethnologist, Medford) / Petra Maria Meyer (Cultural and Media Studies scholar, Kiel/Düsseldorf) / Jürgen Partenheimer (artist, Munich) / Naomi Segal (Romance Studies scholar, London) / Annette Stahmer (designer and artist, Berlin), Imogen Stidworthy (artist, Liverpool) / Trikoton (fashion label, Berlin) / Allen S. Weiss (Performance and Cinema Studies scholar, New York).