Use It Well

By Julie Nymann & Signe Raunkjær Holm

2022 // 16-channel sound installation // 30 min loop + 5 min exit track

Use It Well’ is a 16 speakers installation distributed throughout a room where the audience is invited to walk among the speakers.

A group of people reacted to a casting call titled “experiment about dance and loneliness” during lockdown 2021. They were invited to the fictional ‘Red Room Institute’ that hosted something between a dance audition, a self-help radio show, and a performance for a one-person audience. This turned into ‘Use It Well’, where the spectator is surrounded by a massive soundscape of bodies.

The soundscape oscillates between inner comments and attempts of reaching out, verbal and nonverbal communication, loneliness and togetherness.

By leaving the visual space empty for the audience to fill in the blanks, ‘Use It Well’ wants to reconfigure ideas of presence and absence, intimacy and distance, and how we construct meaning when something is withheld from us. What happens to the representation of the bodies when the visual codes are removed?

Documentation of in-house presentation at Inter Arts Center. All the people you see are visitors interacting with the sound installation.

To enter the installation the spectator must put on a pair of pink socks on.

The spectator exits through a corridor with hidden speakers, listening to the directing voices of the live performance.

Julie Nymann &
Signe Raunkjær Holm

composition ‘Give Us Your Echo’
Lennart Dybdahl

vocals ‘Give Us Your Echo’ 
Signe Raunkjær Holm

sound design
Eliza Bożek

the performers
Luca Frei, Jonas Jönsson, Ellinor Juhler, Stephen McEvoy, Alessandro Perini, Jenny Gräf Sheppard, Christian Skovbjerg Jensen, Ragna Solbergnes

with support from
Koda Kultur
Dansk Komponistforening
Inter Arts Center

©  2011- 2022  Julie Nymann