A special guest performance by Jacqui Shelton presented as part of the Channels Festival Launch
Jacqui Shelton’s megaphone performance Song is a meditation on the role of visual documentation and secondhand description. In this highly propositional performance, the artist’s voice is disembodied via a rudimentary speaker system as she sets out to describe an artwork that doesn’t exist.
Playing on notions of memory and proximity, the work accentuates relationships between speaker and listener to explore notions of chorus, synchronicity and belonging. It applies storytelling techniques that emphasise the tensions emerging between interior and exterior experience, the actual and imaginary.
The use of a megaphone aligns with images of activism and protest, which are often depicted via the media as a binary clash between divisionary forces. However, in Song the megaphone acts a device for connecting individuals via an expression of the collective, memorial subconscious emerging between performer, story and audience.
Song is part of Jacqui Shelton’s series of megaphone performances titled Speech Acts, 2016 - ongoing.