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Entering Tone: Liquid Architecture x Taiwan 2017
Entering Tone opens a space where shifting meanings are embedded in a sound.

THU 23 Nov - SUN 3 Dec 2017
Tainan, Taichung, Taipei


Curated by Danni Zuvela with Anabelle Lacroix and Betty Apple

about

This is our organisation’s second visit to Taiwan. Our first, in 2016, was a vastly informative research trip. In that trip, through meeting artists, musicians, curators and organisers in Taipei, Tainan and Taichung, we learned much – and also learned how little we knew.

In 2017, we attempt to apply an open, experimental methodology to the practice of international touring – establishing deeper collaborations between our 5 artists and our Taiwanese colleagues; extending and embedding our engagement locally with pedagogy as well as affect; rejecting the distinction between thinking and making; and generating formal and informal opportunities for interventions in social space. Above all, we are “making listening”, as much as we are “making sound”, as we seek to enhance our capacity to perceive subtle tonalities – even if we do not fully understand them – as we tour Taiwan together.

entering tone

Most Western languages, including English, are atonal. This is not to say that English does not have tones – schematics for different emphases of pitch – but rather that, in English, tonality is not a defining characteristic of the pronunciation of each word.  Spoken Chinese, on the other hand, cannot not be tonal (or, be monotonal), since the pronunciation of each syllable is fundamental to the production of meaning when the language is spoken.

The ‘entering tone’ is one of the four major tones of spoken Chinese dialects. Having disappeared from mainland Mandarin, it is one of the distinctive markers of the Taiwanese language. Not a phonetic tone in the sense of pitch relationships, the entering tone denotes a syllable that ends with a glottal stop, the occlusion of airflow in the vocal tract.

The symbol of the glottal stop in the International Phonetic Alphabet. Source: Wikipedia

To English-speaking mouths and English-hearing ears, the entering tone’s plosive stop is, generally, so unfamiliar and so rare as to be eventful; perhaps this is even coded into the mock-gulp of its widely used example of the glottal stop in the English usage, the foreboding exclamation, ‘uh-oh’.

We choose to title our tour Entering Tone because it offers us a way of thinking not about sound, but with sound. For what we are hearing, in the rapid, controlled closure of the throat that produces this tone, is the sound of the sudden shutting off of sound. The throat closes, but the entering tone opens a space where shifting meanings are embedded in a sound.

It is a sonic object that is also a critical absence. With its multiple identity as political actor, strange interjector and silent presenter, the entering tone for us represents a small but vibrant space for engaged listening.

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schedule

FRI 17 & SAT 18 November
迷幻水鄉 Mirage City Under the Lake
Hot Spring Resort, Beitou

WED 22 & THU 23 November
迷幻水鄉 Mirage City Under the Lake
Sonstay, Tainan

THU 23 November
Social Sound House Tainan
Ting Shuo Hear Say, Tainan

FRI 24 November
Mild Spectacle
Ting Shuo Hear Say, Tainan

SUN 26 November
Practising Sound, Individually and Collectively Symposium
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung

WED 29 November
Social Sound House Taipei
SonoLab Studio, Taipei

Social Sound House Party
Acid House, Taipei

THU 30 November
Liquid Night
TCR Community Radio, Taipei

FRI 1 December
Recalling the Future
Taipei Contemporary Art Center, Taipei

SAT 2 December
SUBLATE
Korner, Taipei

partners

Acid House
Korner
Lacking Sound Festival
National Culture and Arts Foundation Taiwan
SonoLab
SoundWatch
Taipei Artist Village
Taipei City Department of Cultural Affairs
Taipei Community Radio
Taipei Contemporary Art Center
Taiwan National Museum of Fine Art
The Cube
Ting Shuo Hear Say
White Fungus

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