Multidisciplinary artist and producer Joanna Penso works across audio, digital drawing and video to investigate human interactions in different contexts. Everyday settings, from public transport to dinner tables, are punctuated with recordings of intimate bodily sounds. Digestion Symphony, for example, features the diverse cast eating a meal to the beat of a metronome. The strangers move and chew to the beat, whilst contact microphones pick up the noises beneath their skin. The experimental sound-led film surveys the percussion of the body, amplifying the juxtaposition of daily exchanges: familiar, new and humorous, yet uncomfortable.
Image Credit: Joanna Penso, Still from Digestion Symphony, (2022). Single-channel film. 23 min. 23 sec. Photo: Alberto Romano.