Riot Ensemble: Forbidden (2020) Nina Whiteman

For soprano, electronics, video

Research tells us that spontaneous facial self touch is a comforting mechanism, and that we can touch our own faces up to 50 times an hour without necessarily being aware that we are doing so (e.g. see Mueller et al 2019).

During 2020-21, touching our faces has become a forbidden act that endangers our health. Forbidden presents simultaneously as an elegy to facial touch and a dangerous act of rebellion.

(Please note the film was made in the safety of the artist’s home.)  


A commission from Riot Ensemble during the COVID19 pandemic.

Video Recorded by Intone Films Audio Recording and AV Post Production by Aaron Holloway-Nahum

Donations will help to support Kings Place and Riot Ensemble in 2021.

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Riot Ensemble: Forbidden (2020) Nina Whiteman

For soprano, electronics, video

Date recorded:Fri 30 Apr
Performers:Nina Whiteman
Composers:Nina Whiteman
Genres:Contemporary

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