Hanne Lippard

Hanne Lippard - Endolphins, Courtesy the artist

Endolphins is a multi-channel sound installation in which Lippard uses repetition to create a vocal score. The action seems to erode the word as if its original meaning is dissolved for both speaker and listener. Indeed, the looping of a word becomes a sort of trance, a state of hypnosis dissolving its cognitive contour. The word endorphins and dolphins end up merging into one word within the mind of the listener, telling a general story without a specific first person narrative, other than that she is female. This loss of meaning also alludes to the loss of self that occurs when one is stuck in a repetitive chain of call and response within the excessive digital threads of communication, and the dopamine high that follows any immediate response. On the one hand one might feel as if one is oversharing, and at the same time it feels as if one has shared nothing at all, leaving you with nothing but a sore thumb.

2023 – 6-channel sound-installation
Courtesy of the artist and LambdaLambdaLambda
Commissioned by STUK, House for Dance, Image & Sound in the context of The Ecstatic Being. Between knowing and understanding (2023).

Hanne Lippard
°1984, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Hanne Lippard’s practice explores the voice as a medium. Her education in graphic design informs how language can be visually powerful; her texts are visual, rhythmic, and performative rather than purely informative, and her work is conveyed through a variety of disciplines, which include short films, sound pieces, installations and performance. Recent performances and exhibitions took place in a.o. LA MAISON DE RENDEZ-VOUS (BE), Una Boccata d’Arte, Grottole (IT), IAC, Villeurbanne (FR), M HKA (BE), STUK Leuven (BE), FRAC Lorraine (FR), Center for Contemporary Arts Berlin (DE), KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin (DE), Kunsthalle Mainz (DE), Riga Biennial (LV), Kunsthalle Wien (AT) and Whitechapel Gallery London (UK). Hanne Lippard lives and works in Berlin and is represented by LambdaLambdaLambda Gallery.

Portrait © Neven Allgeier