Attachments of voice

Thomas Zummer

Abstract


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.


Keywords


Alterity; apparatus; artefact; artifactual; attachment; Being; capture; enunciation; Gestell; mass [massenweise, Grösse]; performative; phantasm; phantasmatic; proper; improper; somatolysis; subject; subjectivation; desubjectivation; technics; technical r



DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7238/a.v0i12.1718



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