“We Haunt You While You Watch”: An Evening with Kristen Gallerneaux
Reading from High Static, Dead Lines: Sonic Spectres & the Object Hereafter (2018, Strange Attractor Press) and screening of The Hum (2018, Kristen Gallerneaux, USA, B&W, 25 min, in English)
The evening begins with a multimedia reading featuring glitchy video visuals and a score of original ambient compositions. These recall an upbringing surrounded by supernatural superstition and sonic experience - and then dive into the ghostly crosstalk of television piracy, late night sign-offs, and test patterns. Next, a screening of The Hum. Not everyone can “hear” the Hum, but the vibroacoustic effects of infrasound causes victims to describe it as something that is felt more than heard. The Hum reconstructs a visual and sonic impression of the spatial, psychic-industrial, and physiological effects of this mysterious event. The soundtrack samples interviews with the Hum-afflicted, field recordings of the phenomena, and “sonified” local dirt with the use of an analog synthesizer—in sonic solidarity with the environment.
Introduction by Shawn Shimpach (UMass)
Discussion with the director will follow.