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Stone Tape Theory

S.J. Norman

Presented in Season 1 2018

Presented by Arts House for Festival of Live Art

4-10pm, Wed 21 Mar
4-10pm, Thu 22 Mar
4-10pm, Fri 23 Mar
4-10pm, Sat 24 Mar
12-6pm, Sun 25 Mar

Enter and leave as you please

Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
North Melbourne

Adult themes, dynamic sound, strobe lighting and complete darkness


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Wheelchair Accessible
Audio Description – 4pm, Fri 23 Mar

Taking its title from an obscure paranormal hypothesis, Stone Tape Theory mines the haunted terrain of memory, mediated through sound. In a darkened space for six hours a day over five days, a relay of performers utters an unedited stream of their own associative memories, recorded onto multiple cassette tapes. These thoughts range from descriptions of ordinary events to detailed reconstructions of painful, traumatic life experiences. As one tape plays, another is erased and re-recorded, creating loops of increasingly layered feedback.

Visitors find and lose their bearings in the darkness; fragments of narrative surface and disappear in a seething wash of sound. From flesh to speech, Stone Tape Theory is an audio palimpsest; an evolving sonic landscape of disembodied voices, continually rewound.

S. J. Norman

Image by – Guido Mencari