Falling Into Language: A Travelogue

Now showing at BCA CENTER through October 9, 2021

In Falling into Language: A Travelogue, Kaylynn Sullivan TwoTrees creates a mythical travelogue exploring a shared cosmic ancestry that connects us beyond the constraints of spoken and written language. TwoTrees’ immersive installation of paintings, soundscapes, and video feature contemporary vocables (a sequence of sounds and syllables without literal meaning) created in collaboration with musicians from Vermont, India and Japan. TwoTrees describes Falling into Language: A Travelogue as a visual manifestation of her experience engaging with ceremonial vocables that are deeply rooted in the oral tradition of her mixed Native American and African heritage. 

Beginning her exploration through automatic writing, drawings, paintings and then sound, TwoTrees discovered a new, creative route to an unseen language – ultimately finding herself falling into a language that defied differentiation or separation. Combining score and imagery to create an immersive environment of visual vocables, Falling into Language: A Travelogue reveals the power of voice and imagery to reconnect us to an interdependent and vibrant world.  

The Artist recognizes the following musicians for their collaboration in the creation of Falling into Language: A Travelogue: Gideon Crevoshay, Yuji Nakagawa, Shruthi Veena Vishnawanth, and Heidi Wilson..

Upcoming Workshops and Artist Talks

Thu, Jun 24 2021, 7:30 – 9pm
Vocables Workshop: Add Your Voice with Heidi Ann Wilson and Kaylynn Sullivan TwoTrees VIRTUAL


Add your voice to the next iteration of Falling Into Language’s soundscape, a film and art installation by Kaylynn Sullivan TwoTrees, currently on view at BCA Center as part of the exhibit Falling Into Language: A Travelogue. Workshop participants will view the film with its imagery becoming a catalyst to explore vocal sounding as an expression of individual connection to our cosmic origins. Participants are guided to make their own vocables* in response to the film’s soundscape, and will have the opportunity to submit audio recordings to be used for the final iteration of the film’s soundscape.
Song leader Heidi Ann Wilson, one of the musicians the artist collaborated with to create Falling Into Language’s original soundscape, and Kaylynn Sullivan TwoTrees will lead the workshop.
Add Your Voice workshop series is co-presented with UVM’s Crossroads Leadership Lab.

Thu, Jul 22 2021, 11am – 12:30pm
Artist Talk: Kaylynn Sullivan TwoTrees VIRTUAL

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BCA presents Vermont-based contemporary artist Kaylynn Sullivan TwoTrees who discusses her current solo exhibition, Falling Into Language: A Travelogue, an immersive installation of paintings, soundscapes, and video that feature contemporary vocables (a sequence of sounds and syllables without literal meaning) created in collaboration with musicians from Vermont, India and Japan. For her talk, TwoTrees discusses the evolution of her project; her collaboration with musicians; and her ongoing series of vocable workshops inviting viewers to add their voice to further soundscapes for the installation.