I Only Felt Night Within Me © Courtney & Lion
The end result of complete cellular representation is cancer.
William S. Burroughs Naked Lunch 134
In a small totally blacked out space, an immersive sonic environment, I want to put the audience somewhere in the position I was sitting with my son in a children’s oncology ward in the dead of night with the faint sound of the infusion pump which had the unsettling psychological effect of slowly increasing in volume until it was all I could hear.
Patrick Courtney, 2008
hair+spit v1.0 is a war broadcast taken from over 17 hours of actual sound recordings of chemotherapy treatment. The sound of the drugs, blood transfusions, hydration treatments and food supplements entering the body. hair+spit v1.0 provides an extraordinary insight into the treatment of cancer and its associated psychological and physiological struggles. This piece transcends a purely autobiographical reading of the work by drawing the audience into a universal world looking at mortality, complexity of the body and the fine line between the toxic and healing qualities of chemotherapy. hair+spit v1.0 examines the theatre of war on both a micro (the body) and macro (territorial war) level using sonic arts sensitively and with great impact.
The current v1.0 is a looped sound recording (8’ 13”) of a Baxter Pump injecting chemicals into the body. The sound has been post-produced in the studio to reveal and broadcast the chemotherapy as it was administered. The end result is a highly charged sound installation that simultaneously evokes the struggle and conflict of the treatment of cancer along with the long periods of waiting to find out if it is working. In order to achieve this effect, the audience is invited to experience the sound loop in a completely blacked out space.
Patrick Courtney and Mike Lion have collaborated on this project beginning a partnership, which is being consolidated through a number of pieces focused on sound
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