Volume 5, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 1757-1871
  • E-ISSN: 1757-188X



This article explores the ‘translation’ of live, extended voice performance, imbued with tactile intention, into an archival document that attempts to perform in a way that includes tactile communication. Through re-embodying somatic vocal performance within a format that includes hand-made textile art, the author traces the conversion of the live performance Soie soyeuse into an artist’s book. The resulting artwork takes a stab at talking about the live performance in a way that includes direct, tactile communication with the reader of the book. Placing this in a context of how else we might think about writing for, with, and about tactile performance, the article militates for a model of the articulation of performance as research that works directly on the haptic register of sensation, with all of the contradictions and difficult questions this might raise.


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  • Article Type: Article
Keyword(s): documentation; fabric; practice as research; silk; tactility; touch; voice
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