Exhibition view - Regardless, it's still her voice, gb agency, Paris, 2014
opera singer, YouTube comments, opera subtitle display
Variable duration, 20 x 20 x 135 cm
An opera libretto is sourced from the brute language of online YouTube comments generated by an aggressive, anonymous public in response to celebrities automating their performances. Comments were collected and arranged by Spooner, then programmed into an opera surtitle display, which is typically used for an audience to follow the narrative of an opera.
Installed for the duration of an exhibition in the gallery, weekly or daily the surtitler is activated by a Mezzo- Soprano. Performing, in recitative style her delivery is consistent- ly overblown and tragic, befitting the histrionic tone of the commenters and revealing the way language changes, or maintains its fury, when typed into a digital void.