Doubling, shadowing, mirroring... all such performances lead to the dynamics of the echo, tuning us to the disjoined horizon of audibility separate from us that also finds its way back. The echo captures the spatial complexity of sound, as reverberant propagation that leaves behind its source to reflect from multiple surfaces. The echo returns sound's propagating energy, acoustically playing back to haunt this space, that body, with a certain voice – who's there?
The echo thus outlines a primary figure of listening, that of othering and differentiation, which is also central to individuation, of separation. The echo returns us to ourselves, yet as another. Following such echoing behaviors, my presentation will examine the echo as a form of practice: of doubling, of twinning, of ghosting. The echo will also be highlighted as giving radical suggestion for strategies of resistance, where the gap between center and margin, dominant and subterranean, offers opportunity for movement. In this way, the echo supplies us with a platform by which to emphasize the fissures inherent to auditory experience as generative.
Brandon LaBelle is an artist, theorist and writer. His work addresses questions of sociality, subjectivity and informal articulations of agency, using sound, performance, text and sited constructions. His work has been presented at the Whitney Museum, NY (2012), Image Music Text, London (2011), Sonic Acts, Amsterdam (2010), A/V Festival, Newcastle (2008, 2010), Museums Quartier, Vienna (2009), 7th Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Allegro (2009), Center for Cultural Decontamination, Belgrade (2009), Casa Vecina, Mexico City (2008), Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam (2003, 2007), Ybakatu Gallery, Curitiba (2003, 2006, 2009), Singuhr Gallery, Berlin (2004), and ICC, Tokyo (2000).
He is the author of Acoustic Territories: Sound Culture and Everyday Life (Continuum, 2010) and Background Noise: Perspectives on Sound Art (Continuum, 2006).