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Welcome to RE:SOUND, the 8th International Conference on the Histories of Media Arts 2019 - Aalborg, Denmark. RE:SOUND is part of the Media Arts Histories conference series, bringing together leading researchers, artists, and scientists on a series of interdisciplinary topics for over 14 years.

The RE:SOUND conference will take a specific interest on the theories, practices, histories, etc., of art and technology which are focusing on, concerned with, reflecting on, including, mobilising and/or working with sound as a main component or an integral part. RE:SOUND will host four days with 10 tracks of paper sessions, panels, workshops, practice-based interventions, exhibitions, performances, poster sessions, a PhD workshop and keynotes.
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Wednesday, August 21 • 21:30 - 22:00
Quantified Failure (2016)

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In this 20 minute spoken record, Barkun recite all the medications, medical appointments and intimate measurements taken day-to-day during my fifth and final cycle of in vitro fertilization, which lasted 56 days. This diary uses voice to activate memory, as reading the list becomes a vehicle of translation for my multilayered experience. At times Barkun trip or stutter over scientific names of medications; these linguistic difficulties reflect my attempts to surmount all the foreign substances injected and ingested during the protocol. My body becomes increasingly medicalized for procreative means and in the end is confirmed as a dysfunctional space; the artwork ends with the thud of the final result: “zero embryos”. Her reproductive and medical failure is measured, calculated, and put on display. This speaking of her corporeal failure is a conscious act of resistance against the taboo of infertility, the veneration of science, and the normative voices of Western society.

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Heidi Barkun

Artist, Université du Québec à Montréal
Heidi Barkun explores constructions of identity through a transdisciplinary art practice, seen through a feminist and scientific lens. Her art is informed by a personal history marked by medical interventions due to chronic illness. The focus on infertility in her recent work follows... Read More →

Wednesday August 21, 2019 21:30 - 22:00 CEST
Upper Foyer Stage - Musikkens Hus Musikkens Pl. 1, 9000 Aalborg, Danemark