9.27.2004

the eyes didn't listen to the ears

so we are still up contemplating sound.

i'm listening to live sound - a breath drawing in the chemical of a cigarette, the slow tap tap tap and tap tap and tap again of the drum stick on a cymbal.

a few weeks ago i busted out some mime moves at a party. i've never done it before, nor do i recall ever seeing a mime on anything but the tv --- i think it was on Reading Rainbow, or maybe there's just that scene in Singles...

could the voice die in its over-production, its hyper-presentation? is the mime obsolute in this culture of communication? do people who witness miming as a performative artform have a base experience of silence to draw upon in creating their response? i ask this as a couple next to me passionately exchange what looks like a debate from the tone of their body language -- they are speaking in sign language.

hands touch more language than the tongue can produce, than the lick of the pen or keyboard could ever recall. muscles have memory beyond the fiber of ink, beyond the flesh-less press of key to board.

biting your lip means you just might get it. if it bleeds, then turn the hand on yourself.

"reach out and touch someone." bye bye baby bells.

2 comments:

johhny raygun said...

i used to live downtown and i worked far too much and had too many useless conversations. on days off, i would try to go the entire time without opening my mouth to speak to anyone. it started as an experiment and grew into an odd sort of game. sometimes i would pretend i was in another country and i didn't know the language, but usually i would just enjoy my own silence.

i could go for all of two days without uttering a word. it became so easy and so enjoyable, that i started returning to work and forgetting to talk to people.

when you wander around smiling and staring but never speaking people will either think of you as nice and dumb, or scary and weird. it all boils down to the occasional smile kids, so start practicing in the mirror today.

kathryn cornelius said...

smile like you mean it.