31 / 05 / 2018


What if an illness takes you away the ability to write, read, talk and reason?

In 1983 Octavia E. Butler wrote the science fiction tale “Speech Sounds”. It is an story about an illness which suddenly affects the ability to speak and/or read, write and reason; mainly to right handed and men. In a defeated civilisation, Butler tells the story of Rye, a woman who tries to cross the 20 miles to Pasadena among people whose only reliable forms of communication are groans and violent, obscene and unintelligible gestures.

We based on this feminist science fiction text to create our Radio Show consonni with AZ “Speech Sound”, the last 31st of May inside Prototipoak, the international meeting of new artistic forms curated by Rosa Casado and Mike Brookes.

We invited different people to read, listen, interpret, analyse, draw, sing and dance this chilling inspirational text by a must-read author for feminist science fiction and afrofuturism. Within the context of feminism, anthropology, psychology, sociology, radio theatre, berstolaritza (Basque improvised poetry), activism, dance, music, sign language, and performance, etc.


Prerecorded voices, voices without body, Sonia Fernández Pan´s voice (researcher and creator of the editorial project Esnorquel), the voice of Octavia Butler herself, a radio version of the story by the radio-school Radio Tea Em (Zaragoza), the voice of the translator and specialist in feminist science fiction Carla Bataller and the voice of Valeria Surcis from Radio Vallekas.


Analytic and rational voices take shape in this second part with the professor and researcher Iñaki Martínez de Albeniz, the feminist and social worker Hilaria Vianeke and the journalist and feminist activist Irantzu Varela. The intermedia artist Jonathan García a.k.a. Tunipanea, provides a sonorous intervention in which he translate words into a sonorous space. Also we have the version of the second part of the story by the radio-school Radio Tea Fm (Zaragoza).


The sociologist and specialist in Donna Haraway and Ursula K. Leguin, Helen Torres analyses and contextualises the text in relation to other authors; the bertsolari (Basque improvised poetry) Nerea Ibarzabal sings the text, the choreographer Eulàlia Bergadà with the musician Marc Naya and the collective Horman Poster with the Senegalese musician and dancer MBaye Sene, dance the text. We have the version of the third part of the story by the radio-school Radio Tea Fm (Zaragoza).


Voices disappear, as on the world Butler describes; there are only gesticulator bodies, screams, noises but no analytic voices. We close with the illustrator and painter Pablo Gallo painting blindly, the musical project Okkre by the compositor Uge Pañeda (in collaboration with Eomac), the dancer and choreographer Bea Fernández and the performer Myriam Rzm. Lastly, the version of the fourth part of the story by the radio-school Radio Tea Fm (Zaragoza).


Inside the Radio Show consonni with AZ, Miguel Deza, Stel García and Chusé Fernández from the radio-school TEA FM realised this version of the story “Speech Sounds” for the radio.


Here there are all images of the Radio Show

Video of the Radio Show by Bufalo Produkzioak