splitting at the seams
SPLITTING AT THE SEAMS is an examination of tension. It is an exploration of the physiology of my voice, as it visibly stretches and strains, and the histories held in its folds. Most often when we see trans bodies in the media, they are objectified and sexualized. Here, attention is placed on a desexualized and androgynous focal point, the throat, as two voices of the same body explore less familiar themes of trans corporeal vulnerability and exposure.
riding the newness of this voice
the training wheels screeching as I round each bend
once an angel, now an anchor
stirring up muck
what I am saying
is not what you’re hearing
a bellowing crescendo
I feel my sides split open
Robin Rutenberg, they/them, b. 1987, Florida, USA. Currently living and
working in Berlin, Germany.
Robin is an artist with an emphasis on experiential sound, experimental
composition, digital arts, poetry and storytelling. Their practice is steeped in
ruminations on gender, family, and kinship and asks how
[missed]communication and [mis]understanding within our own bodies,
other bodies, objects, and environment inform these relations. They are
deeply interested in the affective power of using one's voice, speaking with
the body, and being witnessed as generative acts of healing and connection.
Robin received their undergraduate degree from the University of North
Florida and their MA in Sound Studies and Sonic Arts from the University of
the Arts, Berlin.