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Mercedes Azpilicueta, The Lieutenant-Nun Is Passing: An Autobiography of Katalina, Antonio, Alonso and More, 2021. Detail of Jacquard tapestry (Merino wool, cotton, metallic yarn), 160 x 400cm. Courtesy of the artist

Writer and composer Ella Finer, a close collaborator of artist Mercedes Azpilicueta, responds to the exhibition Bondage of Passions with a site-specific sound installation.

Her composition re-imagines Azpilicueta’s tapestries as portals made of speaker cloth—an acoustic fabric through which to listen for what travels in time. Threading stretched pitches and muffled voices in a long audio weave, Ode sounds Erauso’s plurality as s/he shifts in composition through historical waves.

In dialogue with Azpilicueta’s show, Ode is presented as a sound installation in the gallery from 25 to 27 June. An iteration of Finer’s composition will also be made available online.

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Biography

Ella Finer is a writer and composer based in London. Underscoring her work in sound and performance is a particular interest in how women’s voices take up space; how bodies acoustically disrupt, challenge, or change the order of who is allowed to occupy–command–space. Her research continuously queries the ownership of cultural expression through sound, informing lectures, performances, and events in the UK and internationally. She is currently finishing her first book Acoustic Commons and the Wild Life of Sound (Errant Bodies, Berlin).