Flatus Vocis is a family workshop proposal drawing on Laia Estruch’s artistic practice. Specifically aimed at families that have children with autism, the workshop is based on a cross between performance art practices involving the wholebody and experimental spoken poetry. In essence, it invites the participants – adults and children – to become, at their own pace and to their own liking, actors of a joint performance and vocal action. Using our own voices as the material, Flatus Vocis aims to work on speaking and listening in a way that is different from usual. We delve into a process of recognising the sounds of voices inside our bodies, inside other people’s bodies, and inside the bodies of words and things in order to discover new landscapes and unknown characters. The neck, the throat, the mouth, the nose, the stomach, the torso, the arms and the legs, as well as the walls, the furniture, the utensils, the toys and even emptiness. They are all body and voice.
We can experience voice as a tie that gets tighter and also as one that comes undone.
We can experience voice as a space: light or dark, dense or light, full or empty, and even loud or silent.
Or we can experience it as a journey through a space: straight, winding, slippery, rising or falling.
We can experience voice as a tempo: a duration, a pace, a repetition, a bang, a stroke, a stereotypy or a constant refrain.
We can experience voice as an object: giving it, transferring it, disguising it, sculpting it and moulding it.