Outside our Doors
Janice Gurney
25 February – 7 April 2010

Outside Our Doors (2009 – 10) is a recording of a number of different voices, each speaking in a language other than English. Each person is heard reading their own translation of the following meditation from Book 9 of The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius:

Things stand outside our doors, themselves by themselves,
Neither knowing nor reporting anything about themselves.

The recording begins with the artist reading A.S.L. Farquharson’s translation, which comes from the standard English edition of The Meditations, first published in 1944. Other voices follow, reading the meditation in Italian, French, Spanish, German, Korean, Cantonese, Farsi, Yiddish, Danish, Arabic, Czech, Punjabi, and Hebrew.
Each meditation was recorded outside the door of the reader. The ambient sounds that occur before, during, and after each recitation are heard on the recording. The project is a social map of the languages that surround the artist.

Janice Gurney has been working in various ways with The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius for the past ten years. Outside Our Doors is her first audio work. She is in the second year of the PhD program in Art and Visual Culture at the University of Western Ontario and is represented by Wynick/Tuck Gallery in Toronto. The artist would like to thank June Pak for her editing of the piece, and Andy Patton for technical assistance.

See also:

Anna Friz and Peter Courtemanche: Extremity Cassette

Anna Friz and Peter Courtemanche: Extremity Cassette
Audio Out sound commission
5 Jan – 20 Mar 2011

Richard Windeyer: Shhh!

Richard Windeyer: Shhh!
Audio Out sound commission
25 Oct – 23 Dec 2010

Atanas Bozdarov: The Rebirth of Tragedy

Atanas Bozdarov: The Rebirth of Tragedy
Audio Out sound commission
6 Sep – 24 Oct 2010

Janice Gurney: Outside our Doors

Janice Gurney: Outside our Doors
Audio Out sound commission
25 Feb – 7 Apr 2010

Gwen MacGregor and Lewis Nicholson: New Time

Gwen MacGregor and Lewis Nicholson: New Time
Audio Out sound commission
6 Jan – 24 Feb 2010

Jon Sasaki: Warmup

Jon Sasaki: Warmup
Audio Out sound commission
29 Oct – 23 Dec 2009

Jessica Thompson: Conversation Piece

Jessica Thompson: Conversation Piece
Audio Out sound commission
9 Sep – 28 Oct 2009

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