with-out-sound is a poetic-visual text developed during research in the Mineralogy Collections at The Natural History Museum in London. The poem forms part of The Institute of Speculative Subjectivities an ongoing investigation into the perceived ‘silence’ or gap in forms of language and representation that occur within human-non-human relations. The development of the text involved research with minerals found in igneous and metamorphic rock including: Almandine, Galena, and Chalcopyrite. The project aims to rethink embodied encounters with minerals through the senses, moving from observational methods into more relational modes of engagement. The research experiments with forms of poetic writing as a means to register the often unspoken affects and flows that occur during encounters with minerals. Writing with geological artefacts in an archival space is far from a silent activity, presences in the room, sounds of the museum and its associated practices permeate the space of encounter. The itinerant nature of sound becomes the writing practice, one that listens between relations and overlaps.
The text is below and was published by SomethingOther as part of the Fifth Chapter series, On Silences & Noise in 2018.
With thanks to the Mineralogy Collections at The Natural History Museum London.