Tongue and Cheek: Suck(l)ing Sounds #2 (Audio)

Dec 07, 2021

The second in an ongoing series, Suck(l)ing Sounds #2 probes, performs, and thinks with sucking and suckling sounds, watery bodies, hydrofeminisms, interphysiologies of lactation cross-species, flower teats, honey as milk, and milk honey, planetary wet nurse practices, aurality and amniotic musickings in and out of the womb, and links between infant feeding and infant babble.

Joined by Jessika Kenney, Salome Schmuki, LinYee Yuan, Mary Wang and Keza Nyampeta Wang, and Andros Zins-Browne

Jessika Kenney is known for unwinding and nourishing a harbor of voices. As a filter for sphygmoresonances, be they in forms of language or indecipherable metonymics, this functioning as process frequently manifests as: the intersection of melodic science (radifs, cengkok, unstable svaras, pulses) with the aural and textual transmissions of related concepts.

Salome Schmuki examines the structure and organization of language, the way in which written language is coded, and relationships and/or disruptions in various aspects of perception and the (sub-)processes involved in it. She lives in Brussels (BE) and St. Gallen (CH), studied at the University of Art and Design Zurich and the Gerrit Rietveld Akademie Amsterdam and had a two year stipend and residency at the Jan van Eyck Akademie, Postacademic Institute for Research and Production in Fine Art, Design and Theory, Maastricht.

Mary Wang is a writer and editor based in New York. Keza Nyampeta Wang was born in that same city this year, an event he still considers his biggest achievement to date.

LinYee Yuan is a design journalist as well as the editor and founder of MOLD magazine, which examines issues relating to food from a futuristic design perspective.

Andros Zins-Browne is an artist working at the intersection of performance and dance. His work extends choreographic notions to interact with dancers, non-dancers, singers, objects, and texts. Central to these pursuits is the exploration of the body as both material and immaterial, a site of exchange between embodied images and somatic experience. His works include Already Unmade—an unmaking of his own choreographic archive—at the ICA, London; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai; and Fondation Galeries Lafayette, Paris.


First broadcast on Montez Press Radio as Tongue and Cheek- Ep32: Suck(l)ing Sounds #2 —with Jessika Kenney, Salome Schmuki, LinYee Yuan, Mary Wang and Keza Nyampeta Wang, and Andros Zins-Browne- Friday, October 29th, 2021, 2-3PM

A radio series of proprioceptive exercises, interviews about practices of communication, and archival sound. A routine for warming up our means of communication. Presented monthly as a combination of live and prerecorded sessions.

Lend me your ears!
-- Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

There are messages primarily serving to establish, to prolong, or to discontinue communication, to check whether the channel works… Dorothy Parker caught eloquent examples: "'Well!' the young man said. 'Well!' she said. 'Well, here we are' he said. 'Here we are' she said, 'Aren't we?' 'I should say we were' he said, 'Eeyop! Here we are.' 'Well!' she said. 'Well!' he said, 'well.' "
-- Roman Jakobson, “Linguistics and Poetics”

To reach an arm out of one’s mouth, peek through one’s ear, and speak out of one’s eye. Communication happens by any means possible. It is the different ways bodies extend themselves, as limbs that bridge things—reaching out, stretching and sometimes touching, with a light tap, “Marco!”

How we voice, how we gesture, how we manner, how we empathize.
Exercises to find all ways of thinking of language, and to exercise them as their own paths of communication.

To empathize over radio. Invite to do the same—feel, mimic, echo. “Polo”
The sound of leading, of following, of teaching speaking.
And learning to make a body of a limb.

"Tongue and Cheek" was first developed and aired on Montez Press Radio beginning in the summer of 2018. Montez Press Radio is an experimental radio station and commissioning platform for unexpected works from artists and other creative voices. MPR continues to air new episodes of Tongue and Cheek during its monthly live broadcast at 46 Canal St in Chinatown, New York.