Sirens and Silence
Sound piece, Connected Space: Schwobhaus as Guest in Kino Corso, Bern, 2020





Sirens and Silence Audio (mono)


The sound piece was shown during a cultural guest event in an erotic cinema and questions
the heteronormative, male-dominant gaze on the female body.
The piece refers to the mythological figure of the sirens; the creatures, half fish, half woman,
who attract with their seductive singing and thus drive sailors to their death. The work is based
on the new interpretation of Homer's Odyssey by Franz Kafka "The Silence of the Sirens", and his
interpretation that the Sirens not only recognize Odysseus' cunning, but deliberately keep silent
so that he cannot indulge in their sweet song, enjoy it complacently and without danger.
The text passages in the sound piece originate from Hélène Cixous' essay "The Laugh of the Medusa",
a feminist piece in which the author, starting from female desire, argues for autonomy and self-
empowerment.