MEDUSA PROJECT / (proto)MEDUSA
The Medusa Project is a postopera monodrama for soprano performer-composer (Misha Penton) and mixed media. It is an abstract re-imagining of the Greco-Roman Medusa myth, and a synthesis of live semi-improvised and improvised voice work utilizing classical, experimental, and extended voice techniques, fused with original poetics and integrated into an original digital audio voice and film-scape. The work’s structure is modular, in that it functions as a completely solo monodrama for voice and media, or additional improvising musicians may be added to a given performance— making each performance version completely unique. The Medusa Project is also an iterative piece, having a number of incarnations, including an online-only original film, a number of poetic writings, and several critically engaged, hybrid experimental writing pieces that integrate poetry with the theories of Italian feminist philosopher Adriana Cavarero, French foundational feminist Hélène Cixous, and cultural studies scholar Steven Connor. The scope of the project in media, writing, and performance documentation will be updated here through 2018
I am a monster of my own making, a digital phantasmagoria. I (re)imagine myself.
I hear the me who is not me, yet still me
I am Many She-Monsters...
I am the Furies
I am the storm-torn Harpies
I am Scylla and I am Charybdis
I am Medusa
I am lighting rod and I am lightening
I write-voice-write-voice with my voice-body-body-voice
The voice of the Gorgon
What if am heard?
What visceral beauty-horror-beauty then?
What unbridled and as-yet unknown vocality then?
Can you hear me? You bet you can hear me
I am made for this world
I (re)member myself
I know who I am
I don’t have a Muse
I don’t need a Muse
I am the fucking Muse
And I have crafted my gauntlets from the skin of Perseus.
Full creative essay and new experimental voice film published on Question Journal: A New Journal for the Humanities from South, West & Wales Doctoral Training Partnership. Check it out here.