Attachments of voice
The apprehension (cognition and consumption) of vocalizations-speech, performance, recording-is naturalized, so as to appear as a commonplace phenomenon, unproblematic, uncritical and familiar. The artifactual nature of the attachment of voice to a body, whether represented/reproduced or present is rendered invisible, and, with the disappearance of a technical trace, a world vanishes. As Gilles Deleuze notes, when primary and secondary are indistinguishable-or unnoticed, as when the recognition of a voice on a telephone appears as a presence rather than a representation, or when such distinction doesn't matter-everything collapses to a plane of immanence, where substantive difference disappears. That is to say, a mediated and an unmediated voice are virtually the same; what appears on a screen, and what had appeared before the screen are phenomenologically indifferent. To address and analyse the attachments of voice does not dismiss their immanence, but reproblematizes their contingencies, through a re/cognition of artifactuality in difference, as a medial condition of our contemporaneity.
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