Noelle Mason

Sonata

2010

Laser cut sheet music on leather vellum derived from Al-Qaeda beheading video, transcribed into music

“In Sonata I have remediated video footage of beheadings performed by Al-Qaeda over the last decade. The beheading videos which are intended to terrorize through the power of video have been stripped of their visual content and reinterpreted as sheet music laser cut on leather vellum. The word sonata literally means ‘sounded’ and is the opposite of cantata or ‘sung.’ This transposition is akin to the translation of video image or written language into craft object. And thematically references the phantasy of masculine performance of power in the attempt to dominate through explicit exhibition of brutal violence.” NM

Noelle Mason

Thomas Robertello Gallery

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