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Emmanuelle Waeckerlé – Ode (owed) to O

Waeckerlé’s Ode (owed) to O subjects Pauline Réage’s well known novel of sexualised self- abasement to a set of deformations that translate it into the sphere of acoustic sounding.

"Reading through and reading from a book of words to a single letter, to breath and silence.

picking words attached to her, then caressing her with our breath, just enough to taste her, sometimes distracted, held back even by the flavour of other words, our self-consciousness temporarily abolished by the vertigo of another's language.

each one of us had to find a way among the multiple reading paths created by eye and mind wandering the pages from one O to another, navigating between erotic literature, conceptual writing and verbal score." - EW

(story of)  was performed from pauline réage’s book Story of O (1954), 
(looking for) from (reading) O score in emmanuelle waeckerlé’s Reading (story of) O
(Uniformbooks , 2015).
O(nly) and O(hh) from eponymous scores available from 

"To a greater or lesser extent, everyone depends on stories, on novels, to discover the manifold truth of life.  Only such stories, read sometimes in a trance, have the power to confront a person with his fate.  This is why we must keep passionately striving after what constitutes a story."
George Bataille, Blue of Noon, appendix: The author's foreword (1957)

"So, whether one is looking for a powerful feminist expression, a series of innovative text experiments, or a slab of avant-garde bliss, Ode (owed) to O delivers it in an exciting way." - Free Jazz Blog

Available as a 16bit FLAC or 320k MP3 


1. (story Of) - 18:43
2. (looking For) - 51:47
3. o(nly) - 45:43
4. O(hh) - 10:00


Emmanuelle Waeckerlé

Emmanuelle Waeckerlé is a London based interdisciplinary artist, writer and performer. She is one third of Bouche Bée improvising trio on the edges of Language, with Petri Huurinainen (guitar) and John Eyles (saxophone) and belong to MoWo (Mopomoso workshop group). She is a Reader in photography and relational practices at University for the Creative Art in Farnham. Recent publications include Ode (owed) to O (edition wandelweiser records, 2017), RISE WITH YOUR CLASS NOT FROM IT ( bookRoom press, 2016) Reading (story of) O (uniformbooks, 2015), Code X - paper, pixel, ink and screen (bookRoom press, 2015).


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