Melanie Manchot

Yellow Submarine Cha-Cha-Cha

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Year 2021
Medium Two flexi-disc postcards (vinyl records printed onto post-cards)
Dimensions 21 x 29.7 cm

About the work

The work is a collage of two flexi-discs, also often called “singing postcards” – effectively regular picture postcards with music pressed onto them as a vinyl record. These flexi-discs have an interesting political history and significance, particularly relating to Cold War Poland where they were called “Pocztówki Dźwiękowe”, or sound postcards. During this period of time, when suspicion against ‘Western’ pop and rock music was prevalent across many countries on the east side of the iron curtain, flexi-discs were a means to hide the music on top of a postcard and sneak it past the censors.

These two postcards are the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine on top of Ramon Cabrera’s Cha-Cha-Cha. The two cards form a continuous horizon across two distinct landscapes just as the two songs might form a sonic intersection if their sounds were overlaid.


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