Speech Karaoke Machine
6 text videos, microphone, prompter, speakers, sound shower.
Presented in: Dissident desire. Chapter Two: Terrain of Threshold Voices, curated by Suza Husse and Lorenzo Sandoval, dictrict, Berlin: Nov. 12 - Dec. 7, 2013.
As the visitors approach the microphone, they find six colored squares on the prompter. Each color triggers a text video in English, German, or French. As in a "real" karaoke, they can enact, what someone else had uttered a while ago.
At the base of four karaoke lyrics are conversations the artist recorded in Dec. 2013 with persons from different backgrounds and situations in Berlin. Bromley asked them about their perspective on the right to the city.
Two karaoke videos are based on historic footage from John F. Kennedys` address "Ich bin ein Berliner" (26. Jun. 1963), and from the documentary film "Die Stadt gehört uns - Rechte Gewalt in Schwedt" by Enrico Demurray and Gesine Enwaldt (1993, 33 min.).
The original voice-recordings were aired in the radio feature "A City of our Hearts Desire" during the evening hours, while the gallery space was closed.