ShÜSh: ASMR as Performative Technique

Claire Tolan’s ShÜSh is a workshop and performance that revolves around the phenomenon of ASMR and the practice of change-ringing.

ASMR describes a tingling sensation in the scalp and spine; a physiological response provoked by soft sounds, such as whispering, nail tapping, and hair brushing. Change-ringing is a communal bell-ringing system first developed in English church towers in the 17th century, featuring patterns that follow complex, braid-like diagrams.

During the workshop portion of ShÜSh, participants will learn the basics of both approaches, and discover how to perform with bells and voices. After some initial discussion and experimentation with voice training, ASMR sound production, and bell-ringing, we’ll create and perform a score of looping rings and whispers. 

No previous experience is necessary for this workshop.

The ShÜSh performance will take place on the same day, Friday 10 Nov, from 16:00 to 16:30 in Studio 4.


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