Voice and Space, bb15

For more than ten years Janneke van der Putten’s own voice has been an essential medium for her interactions with landscape, space and contexts, in connection with e.g. natural phenomena, mythologies, cycles and time. In addition to her studies of textile design and Artistic Research Janneke van der Putten learned the North Indian singing “Dhrupad” with Amelia Cuni and Marianne Svašek in Berlin and Rotterdam. The learned technique has been essential for her understanding of the voice as a physical experience and less as a medium for speech or even singing. – “How can I travel with my voice, my jaw, tongue, spittle, and breath?”

This workshop explores the voice in relation to a spatial experience. Through a Deep Listening sessi on and blind-folded sound walk we will explore our senses and become more aware of our own body, movements and sounds. We will continue with a simple body warm up followed up by a basic vocal exercise. The workshop will consist of group interventions and performances, exploring the acoustics and characteristics of the space, using amongst other our own voices. We will reflect in drawing and conversation. No prior singing experience is needed. Please bring comfortable clothes, gymnastic mats or blankets.


Workshop ‘Voice and Space’ and public presentation by Janneke van der Putten together with Gabriela Gordillo, Thomas Preindl, Sebastian Six, Mia Maschek, Šárka Zahálková, Nadja Schülz, Mascha Illich, Marie-Andrée Pellerin, Martin Rehwagen and Sarah Duringer. Organized by bb15, Baumbachstraße 15, 4020 Linz (AT), 3 June 2018. Photos on Instagram: link. Van der Putten’s travel to Austria is made possible with the support of CBK Rotterdam (Centre for Visual Arts Rotterdam).