Speech Act
23 september 2019, Amsterdam


Joan de Boer, SPRIGS_digital creators, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Prishtina, Kosovo

Kreshnik Hasanaj, SPRIGS_digital creators, Prishtina, Kosovo

Ulrike Möntmann, artist, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Vienna, Austria




In extension of the audio-visual presentation of previous research results, formats are to be developed that show the special connection between the Speaking Biographer and the Spoken Biography and make it perceptible as an Act of Action.

Ulrike Möntmann is looking for a conversation with “digital creators” Joan de Boer and Kreshnik Hasanaj to discuss previous experience with audio (visual) installations and performative spoken actions. How can the authentic audio recordings of the 19 Central European biographies of drug-addicted women to date be used to more clearly correspond to the participants’ goal of making their life stories perceivable as a public matter. In the project THIS BABY DOLL WILL BE A JUNKIE [TBDWBAJ], Porcelain Baby Dolls (re)present the voices of the biographers in order to move in an interventionistic way from the isolated -, into the cultural and public space. A further form of presentation of the biographies is the audio installation European Outcast Choir [EOC], consisting of a hanging circle of loudspeakers which the audience can enter. In the middle of the circle, the speech fragments of all biographies can be heard like a kind of choir. Whoever moves in the direction of a loudspeaker hears the complete biography of a person. The translations of the Croatian, Dutch, West Frisian, Austrian and Swiss-German sentences appear outside the circle on a projection screen synchronized with the pronunciation.

Initially, in cooperation with SPRIGS, a basic system will be developed to design the analog EOC in such a way that it can be used as a digital “tool” even in the isolated space and reaches a broad audience in cultural and public spaces in the form of an audio-visual intervention.



10 – 20 iBeacons are wireless linked to a computer. The access key is a QR code or URL or a link to an App or website, which activates the digital interface on the smartphones of the visitors. 

The iBeacons create a virtual sound space; in which they locate the visitors as soon as they are connected. He or she hears the native spoken biographies together as an EUROPEAN OUTCAST CHOIR [EOC].


When the visitor moves through the room, the sound experience changes constantly; the volume of the individual voices will become stronger or weaker until reaching »spots« at which he or she can listening to a complete biography.

While listening to the sentences of the biography, the beamer projects the translation of this audible sentence onto the projection area. The translations will appear as sound bites, i.e. fade in and out quickly according to the length of the sentences.