SOFT GOSSIP comprises two immersive sound performances created and led by the programmer and artist Claire Tolan, first held live in the exhibition WEIRD SENSATION FEELS GOOD at ArkDes in Stockholm.
The two performances Many Tongues in the Evening: Chorus (featuring a whisper choir) and One Tongue in the Morning: Meditation (a solo performance) both explore themes of hospitality, riddles and gossip, as well as the discipline, intimacy, and close-contact of close-listening.
“Lifting the sounds of ASMR out from the screen and into public space, the performances invite you to participate in an ineffable, effable, effanineffable conspiracy of togetherness.”Claire Tolan
Claire Tolan is an American artist and programmer living in Berlin. Since 2013, much of her work has emerged from the sounds of ASMR. Between 2014 and 2019, Tolan hosted You’re Worth It, the ASMR show on Berlin Community Radio. She has collaborated on recording and performance projects with artists such as Holly Herndon, Inger Wold Lund, Hanne Lippard, Camilla Steinum, and Susan Ploetz. Alongside Holly Herndon, Tolan is a participant of the exhibition WEIRD SENSATION FEELS GOOD with the audio work Lonely at the Top from the album Platform (2015).