In Sumatto (translation: smut), Mari Matsutoya has created a work where female text-to-speech voice generators recite erotica to one another, for one another only. In her own words to “reclaim the female japanese voice, often governed by a reflection of male desire“. Taken in the context of Matsutoya’s previous work, there’s a strong interest in the ways in which identity and virtuality intersect. The work reminds us that while voices may now be conjured out of thin air, the politics of those voices aren’t necessarily any less potent.
Matsutoya. M. (2018). Sumatto. [Sound-sculpture instillation]. SFX. Seoul, South Korea. Retrieved 22/03/2019 – https://marimatsutoya.com/sumatto
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