Utterances2019 - 2020
The sound piece is a collaboration between Kirstin Bicker and Nicola Hockley, with the help of Reed-cutter Wally Mason. The conversation piece between Bicker and Mason uses a mix of the two voices, reciting language that was once commonplace (among those who worked on the Norfolk Broads), along with phrases taken from interview and correspondence. These snippets of dialect interspersed with vocabulary tied to the location, combat against one another for the foreground in your hearing. With no clear authority from the words spoken, the ownership of the language is left unclaimed. The strength of accent, tone and pronunciation make way for the excellence of mistake to peak between the gaps of the rehearsed and unprepared.