paradise / maybe windows (excerpt)
audio essay with accompanying lyricsheet, 2020
paradise / maybe windows is a queer sound art composition that engages with the changing relationships our bodies bear to architectural thresholds and togetherness during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the resultant shifts in external and internal soundscapes that we experience.
A nonlinear prose poem explores the sounds and spaces of paradise, containment, inside and outside in a spiralling sequence of vignettes. Each vignette touches a social, sonic, architectural concept that has been highlighted through the painful lessons of pandemic survival in North America: paradise, access, gardens, windows, containment and mutuality.
What is gained and lost through boundary setting and maintenance?
What is the cost of safety in a pandemic, under the governance of a corporatocracy?
What did it mean for us to be in a room together, now that we cannot be?