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VOICEVocal Aesthetics in Digital Arts and Media$
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Norie Neumark, Ross Gibson, and Theo van Leeuwen

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262013901

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262013901.001.0001

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“Digital Ghosts”: Voice and Migratory Hauntings

“Digital Ghosts”: Voice and Migratory Hauntings

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(p.319) 17 “Digital Ghosts”: Voice and Migratory Hauntings
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VOICE
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Nermin Saybasili

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262013901.003.0017

This chapter looks at the strange, ghostlike quality of the disembodied voice in reference to Jacques Derrida’s “hauntology.” It examines disembodiment in art works dealing with immigration, including Zarina Bhimji’s film Out of the Blue (2002), Esra Ersen’s video work If You Could Speak Swedish (2001), and Danica Dakíc’s media installation El Dorado (2006–2007). In all three works, sound and voice create their own place that cannot be conceived of or experienced in visual terms. The chapter analyzes images and visual objects “symptomatically” through voice in order to understand the most fundamental questions of social and political life in relation to dislocation and migration. It also argues that the “ghosts” can be seen but not heard.

Keywords:   Jacques Derrida, hauntology, ghosts, voice, disembodiment, art, Zarina Bhimji, Esra Ersen, Danica Dakíc, immigration

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