- Role: Sound designer, foley artist, co-director.
- Company: Very Clock
- Performances: ICC SPEAK in the Irish Architectural Archive, Dublin, Ireland (Nov 2016).
Commissioned by the Irish Composers’ Collective
IN UTERO is an immersive sound installation that was commissioned by the Irish Composers’ Collective and premiered at ‘ICC SPEAK’ in the Irish Architectural Archive in Dublin, November 2016.
How does the womb sound?
Did we feel what our mothers felt?
Are mother and embryo one, or two?
During IN UTERO we reimagine how the mother’s body, senses and emotions become her child’s, and reflect her surroundings. We want to question the way that women’s bodies are treated by society and explore the implications of denying women bodily autonomy. Sound holds a unique place in our sensory world, as it is created by vibrations that must occur both outside and inside our bodies in order to be perceived, and here we explore the inside-out dynamics of sound in its rawest form. Our external and internal worlds are inseparable, and here we listen to how they bleed in and through one another.
IN UTERO is an individual and intimate experience inspired by ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) videos. For this performance we built the first female binaural head in order to create binaural recordings. Each audience member is guided to their own space, and receives a blindfold and headphones to wear in order to enter the womb.
Sound was created almost completely through foley recordings made around the binaural head.
- “In Utero is an immersive, almost meditative experience…Clifford and Szabo’s work questions the treatment of the woman’s body and voice in Irish society”
Shauna Caffrey in Goldenplec magazine