I'M SURE YOU'VE HEARD IT ALL BEFORE BUT YOU NEVER REALLY HAD A DOUBT...
IN COLLABORATION WITH AIMÉE THERIOT
I'M SURE YOU'VE HEARD IT ALL BEFORE BUT YOU NEVER REALLY HAD A DOUBT (2020) is the outcome of a long term exchange between artist and musician Aimée Theriot and Luca Soudant. It started with sending each other audio snippets, text fragments and objects via post as a form of inquiry and research. The project experiments with karaoke-as-form and investigates failing as a generative force for creating bonds of solidarity. It raises questions such as: how can we listen to each other without judgement? What is the social potential of failing together instead of winning alone? If singing is a way for words to go through a body, what happens when we read theory as melody?
Installation at the Sandberg Graduation Show, Het Hem, Zaandam [NL], 2020. Photo by Sander van Wettum.
These images are stills from the karaoke videos, played on the small TV screen. The lyrics are quotes taken from the book Meeting the Universe Halfway (152), written by Karen Barad. They follow the melody of Wonderwall by Oasis.
Another karaoke option is to sing or sonically imagine quotes from The Queer Art of Failure by Jack Halberstam as lyrics on the instrumentals of I Want It That Way by the Backstreet Boys. Also the anarchist writing on bubbles by Iwona Janicka can be sung on Every Breath You Take by The Police.