Parole #2: Phonetic Skin / Phonetische Haut

Annette le Fort (ed.)


magazine, 112 pages

+ CD with sound examples

scope: curatorship, editorial, design

published by: Salon Verlag, Cologne / Errant Bodies Press, Berlin 2012


The second issue »Parole #2: Phonetic Skin / Phonetische Haut« is concerned with skin and its relation to language. The term »skin« is used here as a metaphor. It represents the surface, the protective sheath of not only the human but also of other »bodies« like the walls of a house, a product’s packaging, the earth’s surface, and so on. Skin describes the boundary between within and without, and is simultaneously a sensitive instrument for communication, directing external information inwards, as well as outwardly expressing inner states. »Phonetic Skin« is a poetic term serving as a starting point for a discussion on the connection between communication / language and skin.


17 international scientists and artists present projects in »Phonetic Skin« which illuminate various aspects of this theme, including the voice as a vibrating phenomenon between within and without; drums; and works on architecture, walls, clothing, or skin.


With contributions by: 

Mladen Dolar (Professor of Philosophy, Ljubljana), Naomi Segal (Professor of German and Romance Studies, London), Imogen Stidworthy (artist, Liverpool), Allen S. Weiss (Professor of Performance and Cinema Studies, New York), Janet Beizer (Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, Boston), André Lepecki (curator, Professor of Performance and Cinema Studies, New York), Anish Kapoor (artist, London), Steven Feld (composer, Professor of Ethnomusicology, Santa Fe), Paul Dickinson (artist, Chicago), David Locke (Professor of Ethnomusical Studies, Medford, MA), Maria José Arjona (artist, Miami), Leif Elggren (artist, Stockholm), Brandon LaBelle (artist, Professor of New Media, Bergen / Berlin), Annette le Fort (Professor of Typography, Kiel), Petra Maria Meyer (Professor for Cultural Studies, Kiel), Leonardo Guelman (author and publisher, Rio de Janeiro) and De Geuzen (artist group, Amsterdam).