Emji Spero performs ALMOST ANY SHIT WILL DO at Johansson Projects

EMJI SPERO PERFORMS
ALMOST ANY SHIT WILL DO
AT JOHANSSON PROJECTS
11 APRIL 2014

Before the performance, Kevin Laird and I had set up a vocal mic, and had taped a contact mic to the ground, running both through a loop pedal and an amp. Once the audience filtered in, I began the reading from the beginning of Almost Any Shit Will Do. This continuity was interrupted when the body of the artist collapsed, striking the ground near the contact mic. I got back up, gathered myself, opened the book at random, and began to read over the looping sound of a body hitting the ground. This pattern—the attempt to read and the interruption by the body’s collapse—continued, building up into a dense thwacking rhythm. I let the cacophony surge, layering certain phrases into the loop while reading. Eventually I lowered myself to the floor and lay facing the ceiling, vocal mic in my mouth, breathing into the loop, drowning out all language.

SOUND WORK BY KEVIN LAIRD
VIDEO SHOT BY OTIS PIG
TRANSCRIPTION BY IVY JOHNSON

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