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WEEK 4 : [Voicings] Reading-Listening Group with Visual Culture Producer Gabriel Sacco (ONLINE ONLY)

April 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This event will be ONLINE ONLY. Please email gabe@artspacenh.org to receive Zoom link.


Join Artspace Visual Culture Producer, Gabriel Sacco, for a four-part reading-listening group during our winter 2023 exhibition, [Voicings]. Our group will meet once weekly, on Wednesdays: March 8th, March 22nd, April 5th, and April 12th, from 6:00–8:00 PM at Artspace New Haven. Please email gabe@artspacenh.org to pass along your accessibility notes or request a hybrid format.

The reading group will be presented with a bibliography and google drive with downloadable materials. You are able to download and read or watch the materials prior to the group meetings.

The group is meant to be an introduction to calibrate various meanings of what the voice is and explore different ways of voicing one’s ideas, specifically in relation to the artists and scholars who are represented by this exhibition and program slate. We will not read all materials during group meetings to respect our time together; but instead, we aim to come with questions, ideas for discussion, and points of interest in relation to the prepared reading together. As we delve into these readings, we consider the future for this work and how it can continue processually, while also introducing related readings and expanding our bibliography together.

Blurb about our First Exhibition of 2023, [Voicings]:

In the exhibition, we are featuring the work of Mira Dayal, Dominique Duroseau, JJJJJerome Ellis, Nikita Gale, Gordon Hall, Amiko Li, Joseph Keckler, and Matthew Keegan, and Sahra Motalebi, which each wonder about the capacities, conditions, and powers of voices to utter sounds, words, and signs. Inspired by the numerous asides, coughs, stutters, glitched signs, breaths, and breaks from voices emerging from screens and calling devices over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, at a time when embodied voicings are rare if not impossible, this exhibition meditates on the pluralities, failures, and slippages of voicings. [Voicings] tremble in ongoing collectivity amongst vibrating vocal cords and also hold vibration, or vibrato, with one another. They also speak from the script in between brackets, live in the motion of fingers, the creaking positions of bodies, and the collective effort to shape language together.



Week 1, March 8: Socially Conscious Image Production

Representation & The Media, Recorded Lecture with Stuart Hall

Engaged Pedagogy, bell hooks


Week 2, March 22: Vocalizations

“Can the Subaltern Speak,” Gayatri Spivak

“Multivocality,” Katherine Meizel, Introduction (pp. 1–20)

“Is the Voice a Myth? A Rereading of Ovid,” Shane Butler pp.171–176)

“Voice,” Amanda Weidman


Week 3, April 5: Actioning from Audre Lorde (Readings from Sister Outsider)

“Master’s Tools”

“The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action”

“Poetry is Not a Luxury”


Week 4, April 12: Opacity with tools for the future

“Opacity,” Glissant

The Rejection of Closure, Lyn Hejinian

“Questions,” Gregg Bordowitz


DOWNLOAD PDFs OF READINGS HERE: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1bQAT7UBDOn6R-XxXd5Swo7b3qThl8n1o?usp=sharing

BIO: Gabriel (Gabe) Sacco (He) is an interdisciplinary artist who performs for video, sound, images and writing. Gabriel is from New Jersey and graduated from Fairfield University with a BA in International Studies and Politics. He lives in Shelton, CT and holds an MFA in Visual Art from Rutgers Mason Gross School of The Arts. Gabriel is an educator, learner, and worker who develops ideas surrounding social responsibility and the role of usefulness in art making, anti-racist pedagogy, and generative and sustainable production models for artists. Cooking, sewing, and gardening influence Gabriel’s practice as an inheritance of the deceased.


April 12
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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