Break Your Voice
a performance by sair goetz
*Free and open to the public
Sunday, April 28th
1777 Yosemite Ave. #340
San Francisco, CA 94124
Join us this Sunday evening as our first Artist-in-Residence sair goetz performs from their artist book, Break Your Voice. It has been a joy to share space and deep conversation with sair, to witness their process of conceptualizing and printing this artist book during their residency at the studio.
"Break Yr Voice is an artist book chronicling one evolution of a trans* person, particularly focused on the voice, as well as notes appropriated from a text on ventriloquism...These “ventrilo-lists” as I jokingly call them, are numbered lists pulled from run-on sentences on the subject of ventriloquism. I am interested in the ways numbered lists can create false equivalencies, set up and break expectations, and are often used for deceitful persuasive rhetoric." sair goetz
about sair goetz
sair goetz writes instructions that queer problematic realities into speculative fictions. Their work seeks to leverage the weightlessness of language to complicate, manipulate, and annotate the weighty matters it circumscribes. This speculative language is inscribed back into reality through bodily performance, video, installation, and signage. The works become lines of inquiry that move propositions about pertinent topics (sexual violation, gender non-binaries, and the future of literacy) into the specificities of embodiment (the elasticity of a tongue, buttons on the left side of a shirt, and 300lbs of ice).
sair received their MFA from the Ohio State University in 2017 and their BA in Visual and Media Studies, Arts of the Moving Image, and Documentary Studies from Duke University in 2011. In 2017 sair was awarded the Dedalus Foundation post-MFA fellowship. sair has shown their work nationally and internationally and completed several residencies across the US: SPACE , Portland, ME; ACRE, Stuben, WI; Little Paper Planes @ Minnesota Street Projects, San Francisco, CA; Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT; Weir Farm, Wilson, CT; Sedona Arts Center, Sedona, AZ (with fourfor collective); Elsewhere Museum, Greensboro, NC. They are a member of the CTRL+SHFT Collective in Oakland, CA.
Support for Open Windows Artist-in-Residence Program is provided by Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure Grant Program.