Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Feminist Art Base: Alex Martinis Roe

Stenotype (detail)

Stenotype (detail)

Alex Martinis Roe. Stenotype (detail), 2010.

Description:
Listen to the inner workings of the stenotype machine. A stenographer recorded the syllables that she could hear of a conversation between two people sitting behind her. Each time she created a combination on the padded keys, an internal printer simultaneously output a series of letter symbols. How does she make one out of two? A coded body of symbols and the rhythm of her input can tell another person exactly what was said, but not by whom. Encountering this mid-point between remediations of the document, we are faced with a format that prevents our access. Including everything of this transfer, we are lost in what escapes translation: the intimacy of their exchange.

Medium:
Mixed Media

Tags:
stenotype machine, stenography, sound, conversation, dialogue, access, archive, posters, documents

Images
Encounters: Conversation in PracticeFree AssociationsAnti-Vertical Demonstration Expanded WorkshopMegaphone for Anti-Vertical DemonstrationAffirmations: The SceneDiagram of AffidamentoStenotype (detail)

Videos
Cut

Location
Berlin/Melbourne, Berlin/Victoria
Germany/Australia

Contact
alexmartinisroe@gmail.com

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