I can’t tell you; I can’t resist; I can’t find the way; I can’t leave; I can’t forget, or remember; I can’t go any further; I can’t disappear; I can’t find the words; I can’t describe the experience; I can’t recall; I can’t walk, or run; I can’t drive; I can’t hold it much longer; I can’t find my balance; I can’t take the step; I can’t do the job; I can’t dream; I can’t sing; I can’t be myself; I can’t write, or read; I can’t go on; I can’t know, this or that.

Speculations on the lyrical imagination of the resistant, the lazy and the hopeful

The trembling voice, the determined gaze, the soft touch, the pouting lip, the pain of freedom, the frog in the throat, the distant horizon, the sudden burst, the gathering crowd, the forgotten words, the unknown outcome, the social energy, the lonely thought, the dispossessed, the longing and the nation, the disciplinary grip, the body on the run, the lost tribe, and the friendship, the flickering light, the moon overhead, the remembrance of things, the quiet hour, the dark alley, the unforgettable sound, the afternoon that drifts, the road to nowhere, and the sign up ahead, the song that made me stop, the whisper, the encounter, the apparatus, the writing on the wall, and the broken drum.

Brandon LaBelle is an artist and writer working with sound culture, voice, and questions of agency. He develops and presents artistic projects and performances within a range of international contexts, often working collaboratively and in public. His artistic work has been presented at NGBK, Berlin (2014), Whitney Museum, NY (2012), Image Music Text, London (2011), Sonic Acts, Amsterdam (2010), A/V Festival, Newcastle (2008, 2010), Instal 10, Glasgow (2010), Museums Quartier, Vienna (2009), and 7th Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Allegro (2009). Recent projects include “Civic Center”, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, “Sixth Housing Estate”, South London Gallery, London, and “Hobo College”, Marrakech Biennial parallel project. Also a prolific writer, his books include Lexicon of the Mouth (2014), Diary of an Imaginary Egyptian (2012), Acoustic Territories (2010), and Background Noise: Perspectives on Sound Art (2006). He is the editor of Errant Bodies Press and Professor at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design.

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