Outer Ear Festival of Sound: The Hysterical Alphabet

Posted by | Conversations at the Edge | Posted on | November 8, 2007

Thursday, November 8, 2007, 6pm | Terri Kapsalis, John Corbett, and Danny Thompson in person!

The Hysterical Alphabet (2007).  Written by Terri Kapsalis, video by Danny Thompson.  Image courtesy of Danny Thompson.
The Hysterical Alphabet (2007). Written by Terri Kapsalis, video by Danny Thompson. Image courtesy of Danny Thompson.

The Outer Ear Festival of Sound and CATE present a special two-part evening of films, videos, and performances that mine the relationships between sound, performance, and cinema. Hysterical historia. Historical hysteria. The ABCs are seized by a convulsive fit in writer and SAIC faculty member Terri Kapsalis’s The Hysterical Alphabet, each letter introducing an episode direct from the annals of medical lore. Backed by Danny Thompson’s disquieting film collages and SAIC faculty member John Corbett’s vinyl manipulations, Alphabet tracks centuries of female malady, disproving the theory that “time heals all wombs.” A Theater Oobleck production. The Outer Ear Festival of Sound is the only comprehensive interdisciplinary sonic arts festival in the Midwest. 2007, Terri Kapsalis, John Corbett, and Danny Thompson, USA, ca. 75 min, various formats.

A reception and performance by Fred Lonberg-Holm will follow the 6pm show.

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