The digital commission Mouthpiece by the Stavanger-based artist Stine Janvin was active on Kunsthall Stavanger's website from 20. September – 30. November, 2022. The result of the work and the documentation now lives on this page.
The project coincided with the launch of our new website and digital platform, where it existed exclusively, as an extension of the body and the self, morphing two of our main modes of expression; the mouth and the voice.
Mouthpiece is a participatory work, which took the form of talking mouths spread across the digital platform. Prompted by the question “What is important to you?”, anyone, anywhere could record and contribute their voice, which went on to inhabit one of the mouths. When clicked, the mouth says the recording out loud. Joined together, the recordings became a growing choir.
Curator: Kristina Ketola Bore
Developer: Bryant Wells, Animation: Erik Ferguson
The project is generously funded by Arts Council Norway.
The artist would like to thank Sacha Nadal, Ofer Smilansky, Michelle Cheung, Annalise, Morten Joh, Rufus og Pia, Ula Sickle, Isof, Nathalie Muster, Anette Gellein, Cory Arcangel, Ingrid Rusten, Nora, Roman, Matilde, Özlem Anli, Cara Tolmie.
Vocalist, performer and sound artist Stine Janvin (Stavanger, Norway) works with the extensive flexibility of her voice in relation to visual elements. Specifically, Janvin focuses on elements such as costume and lighting, as well as audio spatialization and the ways in which this can be used to channel physicality of sound, tangibility and trigger sensory response. Often inspired by electronic music genres, folk music and pop culture, Janvin creates audio visual works and live performances for a variety of spaces such as theaters, clubs and art galleries, and more recently websites and digital platforms.
Since spring 2021 she has been touring with her latest live project Echoic Choir, co-created with choreographer Ula Sickle, which premiered at Wiener Festwochen and was recently presented at MACBA Barcelona, Mattatoio in Rome, Venice Biennial opening week and MUNCH in Oslo.
Janvin has recently presented works at Performa Telethon, New York; Issue Project Room, NYC; Rokolectiv, Bucharest; Kunsthall Stavanger and MUNCH, Oslo; and Chords for Calling presented by Deutschlandradio Kultur and Berliner Künstlerprogramm. In autumn 2022 she released a new book in collaboration with artist Cory Arcangel on the Brooklyn based publisher Primary Information.