DIFFUSION FESTIVAL 2019 / CHAPTER

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THE SONG SETTLES INSIDE THE BODY IT BORROWS BY FREYA DOOLEY

Freya Dooley works with the potential and limitations of the live and recorded voice. She is interested in the shared experience of listening and the interruptions, deviations and points at which things might crack. This new, multi-screen audio-visual work takes as its starting point the 1876 short story ‘A Literary Nightmare’ by Mark Twain, in which the protagonist is tormented by a jingle stuck in his head. The only way to relieve himself of it is to pass it on to a friend who, in turn, passes it onto his congregation. The song settles inside of the body it borrows explores how music can affect the mind, infect everyday tasks and taint our experience of the world around us; the way the internal and external can impact and affect each other.

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