GOSSIP 2005

4 channel sound installation

Made during a residency at ThreeWalls in Chicago, Mallett’s Gossip is a sound work constructed from an archive of collected bits of anonymous gossip culled through a 1-800 service. Mallett had the archive re-performed and re-told into a categorically divided set of soundtracks which were broadcast in the gallery from discreetly embedded speakers. Continuing on the subject of transgressive uses of language and communication, Gossip dissects certain trivialized and feminized social practices. This work investigates the intersection between the gendered and marginalized position gossip holds, and the extreme social power possible by such an activity; it is between these spaces that lies a potentially disruptive social practice.