The Swedish artist Erik Bünger is internationally recognized for his unique, thought-provoking and fascinating examinations of the nature of the human voice. Taking examples from film, music and popular culture, Bünger’s work explores often surprising side-effects of modern communication technologies such as the telephone and the phonograph and revolves around strange and even diabolic phenomena such as a voice without a body and talking machines.
The performance lecture The girl who never was traces a historical thread from 2008 where an American researcher rediscovers the lost traces of the first recorded voice ever: the 148-year-old voice of a little girl singing the French lullaby ‘Au Clair de la Lune’. A year later another researcher experiments with the playback speed and manages to prove that the fragment actually contains the voice of a full-grown man. Bünger’s lecture investigates the strange presence of the non-existent girl and explores how a particular insistency, pertaining to the voice alone, makes it the vehicle for certain kinds of inexistencies, as they make their way into our world. The more we try to shut her voice out, the more persistent her song becomes.
Erik Bünger is a Swedish artist, composer and writer living in Berlin. He has a background studying literature and electronic music composition. His work takes the form of video-installations or performance lectures.