The Stinky Singer



2015 
Taxidermy Skunk, Neon, Wood, Sound 
Variable Dimensions 

Performer: Mounzer Baalbaki 


is an allegorical work about the life of pop stars who briefly had their moment in the lime light, but have had their star fade and disappear long ago. Once free spirits, these now lone singers never managed to figure out the ropes of staying successful in the music industry, but they each hold a special story, always unique from one another. Surrogated by a mummified trophy animal, the animal sings an Arabic "Mawwal" (lamentation) song about his former shining self, with a coarse exhausted voice reflecting his current miserable status. The song can be seen as a mixture of sonic poetry and contemporary vocal performance. "Stinky Singer" is the first of a series that explores the variations of how this faded pop star character functions, where several vocal performers will participate as sonic collaborators in the project.