This work presents a tension between speaking, the voice, and the body as an active faculty. In her audio text, the artist emphasizes the body itself speaking, and the use of translation as an artistic method. To Maruyama, “translation is not only a fact of life, but also the common experience of trying to communicate at all.” Four photographic images play with reversals: of land, sea and sky; of temperature; and sensory changes – a way of decentering via disorientation. The ‘placed’, or situated bodies in the collage works resemble musical notation, suggesting a rhythm and direction, offering guidance and expressing a will, and are closely tied to the audio piece Speaking Bodies
, a development of Maruyama’s performance work of 2015-16 Deep Body Massage
Working with Maruyama’s vocal recording, sound artist Andrius Arutiunian connected these two ideas by looking into text (the voice that speaks) and the body that enables the voice to speak. His intervention exposes and articulates the sounds and bodily movements in the sonic medium by concentrating on the sounds that happen between words and during speech.
Installation with six color-photographs on glass: Speaking Parts (one and two), Color photographs of collage on glass (32×70 cm and 61×47 cm); Reversal, Erasure, Crossing (one and two), (60×90 cm); Sonic work Speaking Bodies (6min, 44s) by Andrius Arutiunian.