I’ve decided to make a series of posts about music and works that I like. I don’t intend these as a review of any sort, but simply an opportunity to point out music and art that I think is great and that others might want know about as well. Since my life has been so full of organs recently this should also hopefully make my blog seem a bit more varied. So, I hope that you also like these things too.
(My original aim was to begin this strand by posting one of these every day this week, but I already have missed yesterday, so let’s see how I go…).
My first recommendation isn’t necessaily music. Perhaps it is sound art. Perhaps it is poetry. Perhaps it is music, in a way, after all. I always think that in the case of the best artworks it doesn’t or shouldn’t matter which label is given to it anyway.
The Said Woman is a recent project by artist and poet R. Armstrong. It is based on the trial of Joan of Arc and involves writing, speaking, listening, transcribing. It is beautifully presented and discusses a number of issues pertinent to today’s society, as well as bringing out issues to do with the grain and the role of the voice in the conception of personhood. And also about 1000 other things that I could comment upon.
The artist posts a new part of the work on each of the important dates of the trial, due to finish on the 25th March. You can listen to everything up today on her website, and also sign up to get a short message in your inbox when a new part of the piece is created. I’m actually really enjoying those emails: they’re also part of the work.
So, I hope you enjoy listening! Below is the most recent installment, but I’d recommend going to the page because on its own this is only really a small part of the work.