Middle Eight is an ongoing research project by Inga Huld Hákonardóttir. It is a transforming practice that remains at an intersection between mediums, and between the senses.
Asking the senses to go far in listening to one another, to empathise with one another is asking for a new understanding and relationality. The focus of this stage is a listening and responding between voice and movement, speech and song. Middle Eight is essentially trying to make new sense of the senses, to listen to dance, dance thoughts, think songs to make an empathetic symphony of the senses. Searching for multiplicity in one body and connecting the seemingly dis-connected, musical and physical practices.
The project draws its name from the middle section of a conventionally structured pop song. A middle eight, also known as the bridge, is generally of a different character than the other parts of the song, a chapter that expands the established identity of the song and reaches into another area. The question that is put forward is: What would it look like if a middle eight presented itself as a bridge that speaks to other senses than hearing? Can a middle eight operate as a bridge between different media such as dance or other visual stimuli, but at its core still remain a song? Does the middle eight have the potential to create synesthetic experiences in which one sense triggers the other?
Concept and practice: Inga Hakonardottir — Assisting sound collegue: Yann Leguay — Production assistance: Kosmonaut Production — Residencies: BUDA, Pianofabriek, workspacebrussels, CAMPO