Voice/Net (2008)

“Clemencia has separated the voices from the bodies that once uttered them. In this work that comes from Voz/resonancias de la prisión, an on-site installation at the Museo Nacional de Colombia, once a penitentiary. Fragments, phrases of conversations and monologues of Colombians imprisoned in jails in England and Colombia are collected there. These voices no longer belong to anyone. They are stripped of their character of interviews, of testimonies, of confessions, of openness of the “self” of the prisoners. In the vast and solitary galleries of that museum, duplicated as in a mirror by a projection at the back of the galleries themselves, these voices were faintly activated by the passage of the body heat of the visitors.

Voz/Net preserves this spectral condition of the voices. Voices that return, in a return as the echo travels, which is only a fragment, a last word or a last phrase. As “echo” the nymph condemned to not being able to speak but to repeat the endings of what she heard from others. The computer and the electronic links are in themselves a medium that ghosts the relationship with the voices. Foreign to any entity but the sound of the voice itself, they travel in that dark place that is located nowhere. They are these voices like the “I” itself of psychoanalysis, which is a crypt enclosed in the folds of a crust”.

María Belén Saéz de Ibarra.
Curator, Acts of Speech.
Catalog, Museum of Art, National University of Colombia.


Virtual interactive project

– Individual artist grant. Arts Council London
– Art Net Colombia. Luis Angel Arango Library, Bogota
– VOZ/net, Speech Acts, National University of Colombia, Bogota.


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