ACHE   
 
 
 
 
 


Performance and mixed media sound installation
 
(Motion-activated audio on horn speakers, T-bar tripod, debossed text on stand, microphone on stand, Freeman amplifier, obscured windows, with voice recording by Andy Turvey)
ACHE (AK) 


A sound piece is activated when the viewer steps in and approaches a text that is barely visible and sitting on the stand. The sound piece from the Tesco self-checkout voice, offers apologies first from the seemingly mundane, “I’m sorry, unexpected item in bagging area”; I’m sorry, I’m not Adele” to slightly more uncomfortable “we are not accepting refugees and “he called you a terrorist sympathizer”. This work also includes a performed reading and tries to link a personal voice with that of a public, widely acknowledged voice to question issues of representation and legibility and if we are able to place our own voice between the both of them.



Ache is composed of an audio piece designed to be activated via motion sensors. 
Upon entry of the space, a list of apologies is offered by a prevalent yet detached voice heard at Tescos self-
checkout counters. Gathered from a Google search of the most popular things to be sorry for, the audio is met with
an equally disarming text, almost invisible, laid bare and silent on the stand.

The performance reading brings across a personal voice relating intimate encounters and experiences to the viewer.

From the male voice that had replaced a previous female voice at self-service checkout counters in Tescos across
the UK, the whispered reading of the artist to the mute presence of the text , this piece is a challenge to the authority,
presence and status of who gets to speak and who is being listened to.
2016