My Voice Has An Echo In It

Temporary Distortion

Saturday, October 4, 2014

A six-hour performance that combines live music, text, and video in a fully enclosed 24′ x 6′ capsule made of two-way mirrors. All performers are completely confined within this freestanding, soundproof box. The audience can see them inside, but the performers see only their reflections in the two-way mirrors, which stretch off infinitely in both directions. Audience members can listen to the performance through headphones stationed at windows in the soundproof box and are free to come and go whenever they please.

This EMPAC-commissioned work calls into question the very nature of live events, with all sounds created by the performers captured, processed, and stored by a computer before being played back for the listener after a few seconds delay. The audience experiences the performance both as a live spectacle and a disembodied record of what has just been presented.

Ash Bulayev

Temporary Distortion has earned a reputation for pushing the boundaries of theater with unsettling and meditative acts staged in claustrophobic, boxlike structures, with an emphasis on minimal physical movement and a uniquely restrained style of performance. “Temporary Distortion just keep elevating their game,” Time Out NY wrote about their work. “You could call that game sculptural video, or perhaps living set design, or maybe just multimedia ravishment.” The company’s work began with performances in life-size shadow boxes that evolved into larger open-frame structures that combine lights, microphones, speakers, television monitors, and video projection surfaces.

My Voice Has An Echo In It
October 4, 2014, 4PM10PM

My Voice Has An Echo In It is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and is additionally supported by a NYSCA Composer Commission. Additional residency and development support provided by The Watermill Center and Ideal Glass.


Temporary Distortion explores the potential tensions and overlaps found between practices in visual art, theater, cinema and music. The group works across and between disciplines to create performances, installations, films, albums and works for the stage.

EMPAC 2014-2015 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital, primarily supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, the Boeing Company Charitable Trust, and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks extended to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for continued support of artist commissions.

National Endowment for the Arts
State of the Arts - NYSCA