Erik Bünger – A Lecture on Schizophonia (Germany 2009, 37:19 mins)

A project existing both as a lecture performance and as a video, exploring the phenomenon of schizophonia [= that which makes dogs bark at speakers, children look for the man behind the box and savages demand their captured souls returned]. The invention of the telephone and the phonograph at end of the nineteenth century marks a rupture in our experience of the human voice – a rupture which simultaneously fulfills a promise given by prophets and shamen since ancient times. Suddenly a voice can issue from out of nowhere, from the wrong mouth or from beyond the grave. Listening to our own voice, we experience ourselves as others.

Bio
Erik Bünger is a Swedish artist, composer and writer living in Berlin. His work revolves around the human voice and its contradictory relationship to the body, to language, music and technology. The voice is not addressed as a phenomenon, which gives rise to personal, human presence and interpersonal communication but rather as the very thing that allows something other, radically inhuman, to enter and take control of the human body.