drawing by Alexandra Dementieva
Vocalizing is an alternative, obscure and concrete way to touch the unknown; hostile or intimate
oracle is an eyes-closed body-voice improvisation practice reading diverse spaces; train stations, parks, institutions, forests, public libraries, urban gardens and private living spaces. It interacts with these surroundings through instant sound and movement composition and expands the boundaries between individual emotional expressions and shared public space. Each practice session is unique to the moment and context.
oracle interacts with time and spaces in an unusual manner; sometimes through live-readings, sometimes through telepathy. The telepathic oracle practice was created during times of absence and crisis to offer another form of connection beyond physical borders. oracle continues to research this form and practice.
oracle's prophecy reveals the past, reads the present moment and talks about a possible future.
We chose the name oracle as it bridges an expansive notion of voice and ineffability, encompassing agency, ambiguity, obscurity, divinity, communication, medium, utterance and wisdom.
Accompanying the oracle practice is a live-scoring practice, a notation that translates the experience of the ephemeral performance into diverse visual mediums. These scores can take the form of drawings, paintings, written narratives or video and photographic traces, depending on the participants.
oracle was created by Caroline Daish (BE/AU), Justine Maxelon (BE/DE) and Michel Yang (BE/US) in 2015 as a need to collaborate, vocalise and heal.