The Bodily Sounds of the Abyss


Hiccups, stomach gurgling, coughing, teeth grinding—the sounds of the body are framed as something best left unheard. Children around the age of six rejoice in competitive belching as they are trained to suppress and control what is at their disposal. Unless controlled or instrumentalised, the body’s sounds are artefacts of living matter. By-products of vitality, in cultural history they are usually connected to sensuality, sex, gastronomic pleasure, material abundance, and symbolic excess…