Region/Concept: Middle East, Body
Sub-Concepts: Silence, Voice, Suffocation, The Utterance
Description: Video Installation of Shirin Neshat’s “Turbulent” (male and female vocal performers in sonic contestation).

This episode illustrates the contrast of the normalized body (in states of composure, pronunciation, and exhibition) and the deviant body (in states of gagging, writhing, and forbidden articulation). It thereby raises the following questions: What is the acoustic register of the unspoken? How does the existential category of the banished, the accursed, or the minorized individual enable some visionary breakthrough towards an aesthetics of jaggedness? What is the bond between art and vengeance, and also between eroticism, agony, and the creative instinct?

Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh