2009 | DISCO SEC: Christof Migon


I don’t say anymore I quote on.

Samuel Beckett, How it is.

Citation works, constantly altering, at once and without delay, whatever it seems to reproduce.
Jacques Derrida, Limited Inc.

Those objects around us, the things piled up over the years, contain the traces of our investigations, habits, studies, the gifts we have received, the finds, the infatuations. They are objects-memories, records of the everyday as well as key moments. Michel de Certeau tells of “the citation-reminiscence that traces in the language the unusual and fragmentary return.” He then adds that “the citation combines effects of interpretation (it allows the production of text) with effects of alteration (it dis-quiets the text).”

Disco Sec is a portrait of my listening based on my record collection.

Disco Sec offers a reduction of a record collection through various strategies. The eponymous audio work is centered on the first and last second of every piece on a CD. This gesture lay emphasis on the initial impulsion and the finality of the end. Disco Sec is a jukebox saturated with memory triggers, isolated seconds and silences that speak to the listener’s memory in order to be heard. A referential disc concerned solely with the index, revealing the subjective nature of time.

Any quotation is marked by a form of circularity; there is a back and forth motion between its original context and its new position, a double temporality and a double location. Disco Sec uses these referential doubles in order to develop its structure.

Disco Sec is a synoptic project which may cause a bizarre dance among the audience: a jerky, staggering dance called “disco sec.”

Christof Migone



Christof Migone is a multidisciplinary artist, curator and writer. He obtained an MFA from NSCAD in 1996 and a PhD from the Department of Performance Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts of New York University in 2007. He co-edited the book and CD Writing Aloud: The Sonics of Language (Los Angeles: Errant Bodies Press, 2001) and his writings have been published in Aural Cultures, S:ON, Experimental Sound & Radio, Musicworks, Radio Rethink, Semiotext(e), Angelaki, Esse, Inter, etc. He has released six solo audio cds, has appeared on numerous compilations and runs the diminutive label, squintfuckerpress. A monograph on his work, Christof Migone – Sound Voice Perform, was published in 2005. In 2006, the Galerie de l’UQAM presented a retrospective on his work accompanied by a catalog and a DVD entitled Christof Migone – Trou. He currently lives in Toronto and is the Director/Curator of the Blackwood Gallery (University of Toronto Mississauga).

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