Brandon LaBelle - The Sonic Body

total time: 52-minutes

Dancing recomposes music by pulling the beat, the melody, and the force of sonic experience the body to playback in excited gesture and movement. Extending the rapture of dance, The Sonic Body is a collection of the audible traces of dancing bodies. The movements of individuals listening to sound and music are recorded to form acoustic identities, highlighting dance as a form of translation: a heated musicology found in the step. The Sonic Body is a work that aims for the physicality of sound, as a process of ingestion, intake, a listening hunger, and finally, embodied reaction, a sensual vitality that refiguring bodily presence into an energetic micro-event.

Participants: Trine Hylander Friis, Annette Stahmer, Pedro Gómez Egaña, Bruno Lechowski, Martina Schaaf, James Webb, Signe Lidén, Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec, Nicole Clarke, Eliza Pfister, Shayna Keller, Angelina Attwell, Gerald Michel, Natalie Hofmann, Anna Posch, Isis Martin, Steve Rowell, Priyanka Basu, Simone van Dijken, Hildur Gudnadottir and Baron Samedi.


Brandon LaBelle is an artist, writer and theorist working with sound culture, voice, and questions of agency. He develops and presents artistic projects and performances within a range of international contexts, often working collaboratively and in public. His artistic work has been presented at South London Gallery (2016), Liquid Architecture, Melbourne (2015), ngbk, Berlin (2014), Whitney Museum, NY (2012), Image Music Text, London (2011), Sonic Acts, Amsterdam (2010), A/V Festival, Newcastle (2008, 2010), Instal 10, Glasgow (2010), Museums Quartier/ Tonspur, Vienna (2009), 7th Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Allegro (2009). Also a prolific writer, his books include Lexicon of the Mouth: Poetics and Politics of Voice and the Oral Imaginary (2014), Diary of an Imaginary Egyptian (2012), Acoustic Territories: Sound Culture and Everyday Life (2010), and Background Noise: Perspectives on Sound Art (2015/2006). He is the editor of Errant Bodies Press and Professor at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Norway.