Featured Long Durational Work

MY VOICE HAS AN ECHO IN IT (2014), Temporary Distortion

Duration: Six hours

Photographs by Scott Fetterman

"MY VOICE HAS AN ECHO IN IT" (2014) is a six-hour, installation-based performance with live music, text, and video, unfolding in a fully enclosed 24′ x 6′ hallway surrounded by two-way mirrored windows.

In this long durational work, spectators watch the performance at listening stations positioned along the outside perimeter of the installation and are provided headphones with individual volume controls for hearing everything happening inside.

Live instruments, spoken text, and song are combined to create a complex and densely layered soundscape. The audience can see inside, but the performer observes only a never-ending series of reflections in the opposing walls of see-through mirrored glass.

Viewers are encouraged to freely come and go throughout the six-hour duration of the event.


Read more about this work on Temporary Distortion's website.

Temporary Distortion explores the potential tensions and overlaps found between practices in visual art, theater, cinema, and music. The group works across and between disciplines to create performances, installations, films, albums, and works for the stage.

Interdisciplinary artist Kenneth Collins formed Temporary Distortion in 2002 when he began staging intimate performances in claustrophobic, life-size shadow boxes. These box constructions eventually grew to include larger, open-frame structures: large-scale assemblages made of industrial lights, microphones, speakers, television monitors, and video projection surfaces. In 2007 the group began merging theater and cinema in a trilogy of popular film genre deconstructions: Welcome to Nowhere, Americana Kamikaze, and Newyorkland. Most recently, Temporary Distortion’s work has focused on long durational, installation-based performance featuring live music in MY VOICE HAS AN ECHO IN IT.

“Temporary Distortion just keep elevating their game. You could call that game sculptural video, or perhaps living set design, or maybe just multimedia ravishment.“ (TimeOut NY)

Temporary Distortion is based in New York City, where its work has been shown at The Baryshnikov Arts Center, The Chocolate Factory, The Ontological-Hysteric Theater and Performance Space 122. The group’s work has also been seen internationally at: Brisbane Powerhouse (Brisbane, Australia), Exit Festival (Paris, France), Gare Saint-Sauveur (Lille, France), LiFE (Saint-Nazaire, France), Mois Multi (Quebec City, Canada), On the Boards (Seattle, Washington), Prague Quadrennial (Prague, Czech Republic), Salzburg Festival (Salzburg, Austria), SPAC (Shizuoka, Japan), Stereolux (Nantes, France), Théâtre de l’Agora (Évry, France), Théâtre Garonne (Toulouse, France), Theatre Junction (Calgary, Canada), Theatre National de Toulouse (Toulouse, France), Trafó (Budapest, Hungary), Usine-C (Montreal, Canada), Via Festival (Maubeuge, France), and The Watermill Center (Water Mill, New York).

Articles discussing Temporary Distortion’s work have been published in Contemporary Theatre Review, The Drama Review, The New York Times, TheatreForum, Live Design, Real Time Arts, Chance Magazine and The Brooklyn Rail.