Matrices #1, Water *wórd

Sound installation, Curiouser#9, Saint-Leonard-on-Sea (GB), June 2019

With the precious and kind collaboration of Andrew M. Byrd, linguist and phonologist, professor at University of Kentucky.

Water *word is a poetic interpretation of the journey of world through space and time.

 

In tree aquariums (filled of water), the word “water” can be heard at different stage of its evolution… From the abyss to the air, the word get transformed as well as the sound, while emerging through the successive aquariums.

In this piece I mean to connect a thing with its name, language and substance through attempt to dive into the mysterious profundity of etymology. I have asked Pr. Andrew Byrd to write and utter a poem, giving voice to th "Grandson of Waters", Indo-European God of Water.