Amina Szecsödy



Mousonturm Studio 1

Hessische Theaterakademie/Performance

“Operators” by Amina Szecsödy looks to pervert the roles of female telephone operators active throughout Europe and North America from the late 1800 to 1970’s. The work takes its cue from the mechanized, feminized voices of comfort, control  and direction that continue to play a massive role in choreographing the private and public today, from the dulcet tones of necro-capitalism to the weather forecast. These voices without bodies and the spit filled mouths that generate them. Who do these distant, garbled voices on the other end line belong to? Who maintains these split subjectivities? What is the significance of that wavery unstable hum that bears an alarming resemblance to heavy breathing? Szecsödy’s work functions as a subterranean switchboard, connecting women and their disembodied voices across time and space. “Operators” probes the human aspects of these disembodied voices, working backwards to propose mutant hosts.