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The Enunciation Lecture, 2009

The Enunciation Lecture, 2009
welded and powder-coated steel, speakers, miscellaneous hardware, playback system, audio CD.
80″ x 19″ x 22″
Audio: 29:02 minutes.
 Installation view Diane Rosenstein Gallery, LA, CA

The Enunciation Lecture stages a two-channel audio work that is sampled from a record set titled “English Speech Instruction, A Condensed Course in the Correction of Frequent Mistakes in Enunciation”. The records include an Introductory Lecture by Wallace and then a series of Classroom Exercises and Evaluations. The audio is comprised of adding and mixing over 130 sound effects with Wallace’s Introductory Lecture. The sound effects range from other human sounds other than speech, such as coughing, sneezing, burping, yawning, breathing, groaning, snoring, clapping, booing, cheering, laughing, crying, and screaming, as well as an array of animal, industrial, cartoon and slapstick associated sounds, music, and other miscellaneous sound effects. The range of added effects serve as a symbolic catalog of audio signification other than speech that signify, such as signs, symbols, indexical, and iconic references to all forms of the audio-linguistic function. Professor Wallace, in his efforts to critique the speakers’ voice and diction, was also attempting to Anglicize the speaker.