The Sound of Somaesthetics: Ken Ueno’s Jericho Mouth

  • Martin Jay


A sound installation titled Jericho Mouth was mounted at the Beijing Inside-Out Museum in 2013 by the American avant-garde composer and performer Ken Ueno. Drawing on the work of Richard Schusterman and Roland Barthes, this essay presents it as powerful example of acoustic somaesthetics in which the material body—in particular the voice emanating from the throat and guts rather than the lungs and breath—resists cultural sublimation.