Jana Jacuka, Laura Stašāne
Physical Evidence Museum is a silent exhibition with live elements on a display in an ordinary apartment. Its exhibits are things that have witnessed domestic violence. No court would ever recognise them as credible evidence. Here, however, these everyday objects speak louder than deadly silence that follows the act of violence. Part of the museum is a series of recorded and live readings that reveal experience of women who have survived domestic violence.
When strategising and implementing a successful protest, many of the same concerns that drive performance makers are relevant and at play: how to draw an audience in, how to communicate effectively, how to respond sensitively to a given site / context / audience, how to convert passive spectators into active witnesses, how to be aware of the quality of participation...
Making a deliberate decision to present only the voice may assist the ‘making present’ of those who cannot be physically present (for example, those who can’t show their face).
The term ‘acousmatic sound’ means an invisible sound source, and can be relevant to voice. The term comes from ‘the Acousmatics’, pupils of the philosopher Pythagoras who listened to him deliver his lectures from behind a curtain (it was thought that visual distraction would impinge on the purity of his teachings.) In acousmatic art, one hears sound from behind a "veil" of loudspeakers, the source invisible.
Sharing a theme-based collection of stories, histories and heritage through a concept of museum. Interactive media in the form of audio clips, film, animation, objects, drawings, photographs and text are used for the audience to engage with the collection. The museum takes you on a journey of narratives, landscapes, memories, imaginations and explorations. It can be made in both physical and virtual realms.