ALVA II

Video installation. 1-channel video, 4-channel sound. 25 min. 2019.

About the work, written by the Piscine collective:

ALVA II is an audio and video installation, made in collaboration with Xenia Xamanek, as the follow-up of earlier collaboration 'I am ALVA'. ALVA II deals with the voice as a prosthetic element separated from the body. In ALVA II we follow Mlle. Mlle is a voice that travels in a ghost box. A ghost box is a device for communication with other dimensions and a medium through which voices without bodies can speak. Mlle travels through various scenarios. Mlle encounters hosts, shells, ghosts, vocal tracts, other objects and other voices. They sing, speak, hum and cry through ghost boxes. Throughout Mlle’s journey romances and sorrow exist in songs and voices. Some voices flies freely, others are trapped in loops of tears. Mlle is a voice. When Mlle travels, Mlle flies. When Mlle rests, Mlle rests in a ghost box.

Sophia Ioannou Gjerding Xenia Xamanek ALVA II
Installation view, Kunsthal Aarhus. Part of Leviathan by Piscine. 2019. Photo: Mikkel Kaldal.

Sophia Ioannou Gjerding Xenia Xamanek ALVA II
Installation view, Kunsthal Aarhus. Part of Leviathan by Piscine. 2019. Photo: Mikkel Kaldal.

Sophia Ioannou Gjerding Xenia Xamanek ALVA II
Still. ALVA II. 2019.

Sophia Ioannou Gjerding Xenia Xamanek ALVA II
Still. ALVA II. 2019.

Sophia Ioannou Gjerding Xenia Xamanek ALVA II
Still. ALVA II. 2019.

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