Compiling works and writings from the last thirteen years, this comprehensive monograph on Brandon LaBelle captures the artist's expansive practice. Originally from Los Angeles and currently based in Berlin, LaBelle has been at the forefront of the sound arts since the mid-90s, developing projects that adopt methods of intervention and spatial practice, that work with voice and modes of address, and that stage scenes of public gathering based on notions of interruption and radical sharing. LaBelle is an experimental artist at heart. His practice is focused on nurturing collaborative platforms and public works that integrate a dedication to shared knowledge production and imagination. Including essays on the artist’s work by writer Fred Dewey, curator Edit Molnár, and cultural theorist Jeremy Woodruff, along with an interview with the artist by sound researcher Elena Biserna, the monograph documents LaBelle’s diverse activities in a range of international contexts.
Brandon LaBelle is an artist, writer and theorist working with sound culture, voice, and questions of agency. He develops and presents artistic projects and performances within a range of international contexts, often working collaboratively and in public. His artistic works and projects include: The Living School, South London Gallery (2016), The Stranger Seminar, Liquid Architecture, Melbourne (2015), Monument (to the wild imagination), NGBK, Berlin (2014), Hobo College, Marrakech Biennial parallel project (2014), Temporary Outpost, Whitney Museum, NY (2012), The Sonic Body, Image Music Text, London (2011), In Passing, Tramway, Glasgow (2010), Table Talk, Museums Quartier, Vienna (2009), and Proposal to the Mayor, Ybakatu Gallery, Curitiba (2009). Also a prolific writer, his books include Lexicon of the Mouth: Poetics and Politics of Voice and the Oral Imaginary (2014), Diary of an Imaginary Egyptian (2012), Acoustic Territories: Sound Culture and Everyday Life (2010), and Background Noise: Perspectives on Sound Art (2006; 2015). He is the editor of Errant Bodies Press and participant in the related Errant Sound project space, Berlin.