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De-hearingization: live performance art (2010)

Art statement by Jolanta Lapiak.


de-hearingization performance art by jolanta lapiak.

Bodies have been, to some degree, a property of political, cultural and lingual dominance. This performance plays an inversion of the Center and the Other or Margin, bringing the audience to a personal experience of the invasion and violence of their personal space physically, lingually and psychologically.

This performance inspects a lingual violence and oppressive dominance of phonocentrism that is rampant within society, in which hearing loss is exploited by corporations for economic and political-medical power in the biotechnological industries, such as cochlear implants and other speech-related fields.


de-hearingization performance art by jolanta lapiak.

The 32-minute performance art took place at the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art in Mercer Union, Toronto, Canada, on October 24, 2010.


de-hearingization performance art by jolanta lapiak.

You can view the edited video below.

Also see Liberated from Signoclasm: a performance.

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